Earth as Art: beautiful satellite images of Earth from the Landsat programme

NASA asked the public to vote on their favourite images from more than 120 images in the online ‘Earth as Art’ collection acquired by the Landsat programme over the last 40 years. The winner was this image, called Van Gogh from Space due to its similarity to Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night. In the satellite photo, acquired on 13 July 2005, massive congregations of greenish phytoplankton swirl in the dark water around Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea.

Empty Quarter - February 1st, 2003 - White pinpricks of cloud cast ebony shadows on the Rub' al Khali, or Empty Quarter, near the border between Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The lines of wind-sculpted sand are characteristic of immense sand deserts, or sand seas, and the Rub' al Khali is the largest desert of this type in the world. A highland ridge is just high enough to disturb the flow of the lines. In the center of that interruption lies the Saudi Arabian town of Sharurah.

Desert Patterns - April 13th, 2003 - Seen through the eyes of a satellite sensor, ribbons of Saharan sand dunes seem to glow in sunset colors. These patterned stripes are part of Erg Chech, a desolate sand sea in southwestern Algeria, Africa, where the prevailing winds create an endlessly shifting collage of large, linear sand dunes. The term erg is derived from an Arabic word for a field of sand dunes.

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Recut trailer | 2001: A Space Odyssey

A well done recut that just goes to show how powerfully subjective editing can be and thus renewing my general distrust of marketing and movie trailers in general.

Also, it’s awesome.

Short Film: Illustration (The Finest Occupation)

This is a short film about Illustration, which is based on a poem that I wrote in my last year of art school, needless to say; studying illustration. It concerns a fictitious congratulatory letter written by a proud tutor to a recent graduate.

Temujin Doran

Zombie Experiment NYC

Quite the way to get a point across to a tv network; but still, watching Zombies performing mundane tasks in New York is pretty funny.

Trailer: SAMSARA

Almost 20 years after Baraka, Director/Cinematographer Ron Fricke is returning to cinema with Samsara and the film looks nothing short of fucking amazing.

Filmed over 5 years, 25 countries and 100 locations, Fricke’s follow up will also be devoid of dialogue, text and narrative and instead, tackle the theme of “humanity’s relationship to the eternal” purely through music and images.

Goddamn beautiful images at that.

The movie was shot entirely on 70mm film, but is set to be released via digital 4K projection, with no plans for a 70mm print; which is a damn shame and hopefully not another nail in that looming coffin for 35mm and film (stock). Mind you, I’ll be just as happy to get an actual theatrical of this awesome looking film considering a supposed ‘lack of market’ in NZ.

Anyhow, check it out (and in HD if that wasn’t obvious enough).

Infrared Photography

Capturing images in the infrared light spectrum makes for some really gorgeous pictures. Be sure to check out the rest.

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The History of English in 10 Minutes

Created by The Open University, this witty and informative ten-part series details the creation and history of the wife-swapping bastard that is the English Language.

Just to do something different too, I’m posting the rest ‘after the jump’ on it’s own page, cause 10 embedded videos in a row can be considered a little overkill.


Photography: Navid Baraty

Navid Baraty: New York

Photographer Navid Baraty is a jerk that takes awesome photos from over the edge of New York skyscrapers. Obviously he’s not really a jerk (or at least I can’t say so, cause I’ve never met the man but I’m sure he’s an upstanding citizen), but sweet jebus some of these photos remind a bit too easily, the whole horrible heights fearing thing.