The New York Times presents "Obama's People," a photo series by Nadav Kander made up of 52 portraits of "Barack Obama's top advisors, aides[,] and members of his incoming administration." Get to know who's taking over the federal government next week. (And turn it into a deck of cards?)
(2) # 1/16/2009
If you were jumping over a highway median while smoking a cigarette and brandishing a handgun towards a bunch of cops, following an armed robbery and a high-speed car chase, I'm pretty sure you couldn't look more badass than this. Of course, you'd also get shot and arrested. (via reddit)
(2) # 1/7/2009
The "Green Sahara":
The Neolithic Subpluvial... was an extended period (from about 7,000 BC to about 3,000 BC) of wet and rainy conditions in the climate history of northern Africa. It was both preceded and followed by much drier periods. The Neolithic Subpluvial was the most recent of a number of periods of "Wet Sahara" or "Green Sahara" during which the region was much moister and supported a richer biota and human population than the present-day desert.The Big Picture just posted an excellent series of photos of an archeological dig in this area. The giraffe petroglyph is awesome. (0) #12/8/2008
The Big Picture this week has some fantastic new photographs from Yann Arthus-Bertrand's "Earth from Above" series. And you can now use the 'j' and 'k' keys to scroll to the next and previous photograph, respectively.
(3) # 10/6/2008
I've uploaded a selection of photos taken during my various weekend travels around the Eastern Sierras and its foothills for the first half of the summer. Locations:
*Lake Tahoe (CA)
*Virginia City (NV)
*Lassen Volcanic National Park (CA)
*Truckee River (CA)
*Donner Lake (CA)
*Mammoth Lakes (CA)
*Devil's Postpile National Monument (CA)
Researchers funded by the Air Force have been able to successfully photograph an object using quantum entanglement, pointing the camera at the light source rather than at the object itself. Says the Air Force Times:
Air Force satellites could use ghost imaging by pointing a light sensor toward the Earth’s surface and another toward the sun. The technique could allow the service to penetrate clouds or the smoke that follows airstrikes.(28) #7/2/2008
I've already linked to boston.com's awesome The Big Picture blog once, but I have to do it again. Check out the animated photographs of dust devils moving across the Mars surface.
(3) # 6/20/2008
Aerial photographs of several members of one of Earth's last uncontacted tribes shooting arrows at the overflying plane, near the border of Brazil and Peru. I hope that's the last time we intentionally encroach upon their living area.
(3) # 5/29/2008
As promised, here are some pictures from my unexpected stopover in an Omaha airport maintenance hangar after a bomb threat diverted my flight from Vegas to Hartford. We didn't take too many, and were trying to be discreet about it since we didn't want anyone to take our camera. There are a few more in the Flickr set.
It's Halloween, so here's your crazymonk.org scary photo of the day: this is what happens when a 7.5-inch fish eats a 3-foot fish. (thx, flea)
(2) # 10/31/2007
Errol Morris has posted the conclusion (and solution) to a massive three-part blog essay about his pursuit to answer a seemingly simple question: which of these two photographs was taken first? What makes it interesting is that the photographs were taken in the exact same spot, are over 150 years old (taken by Roger Fenton during the Crimean War), and that at least one of them was physically staged. Here's parts one, two, and three.
(23) # 10/24/2007
Errol Morris's second post on his NYTimes blog is about the Abu Ghraib Hooded Man, who was originally mistakenly identified by an article in the Times.
The photograph should be a constant reminder of how we can make false inferences from pictures. And of how pictures and language can interact to produce falsehood.(0) #9/12/2007
Errol Morris has a new blog about photography, although it could disappear behind the New York Times pay wall at any moment.
Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but there are two words that you can never apply to them: “true” and “false.”His upcoming Abu Ghraib project will likely deal with the meaning of photography. (2) #7/25/2007