Archive for the ‘Documentary’ Category

Atlantis Solar Transit

May 20, 2009

STS-125 Atlantis Solar Transit (200905120002HQ), originally uploaded by nasa hq photo.

A recent NASA photo – the shuttle is on its way to service Hubble.

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In this tightly cropped image, the NASA space shuttle Atlantis is seen in silhouette during solar transit, Tuesday, May 12, 2009, from Florida. This image was made before Atlantis and the crew of STS-125 had grappled the Hubble Space Telescope. Photo Credit: (NASA/Thierry Legault)

Thierry made this image using a solar-filtered Takahashi 5-inch refracting telescope and a Canon 5D Mark II digital camera. Photo Credit: (NASA/Thierry Legault)

You can see more of Thierry’s fine work at:


November 11, 2008

20081104_Chicago_IL_ElectionNight1258, originally uploaded by Barack Obama.

This is a shot from an official set of photos taken on election night by someone in Obama’s campaign team – go here for the full slideshow. They were posted on Flickr within hours – seemingly without much editorial oversight – and promptly brought Flickr to a near-standstill as people all over the world clambered to get a look at history in the making.

There has already been some insightful stuff written about the shifting nature of the media ecosystem in relation to the Obama campaign and how his team harnessed power of the net – see here for one such example. I think it is fairly safe to say that, post-Obama’08, American politics will never be the same again.

What struck me particularly about this set of images was the solemnity of the occasion. This shot, for example, appears to have been taken after the result was known. It depicts a man who appreciates the magnitude of the role he has just signed up for – not someone cracking open the Champagne. With old-style editorial controls in place, I’m not sure such an interesting aspect of the evening would have cropped up – rather it would have been cropped out or ‘rechronologised’.

Hagener Papua New Guinea

October 20, 2008

Hagener Papua New Guinea, originally uploaded by Eric Lafforgue.

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Economy Class

October 19, 2008

Economy Class, originally uploaded by ۞ NYGUS.

A funny picture with a slightly darker sub-context:

Man trapped between a fellow passenger’s feet in a truck in Niger.

Crowded, extreme conditions of transport are both everyday life of people Niger, as well as usual fate of those who try to cross Sahara in the big trucks.Many of them die, of thirst, or abandoned during long arduous journey by people traffickers, all in vain attempt to reached paradise called Europe.

Only in Cardiff

October 19, 2008

Pink Hat – Cardiff, originally uploaded by © Maciej Dakowicz.

I have been to Cardiff a couple of times and this is indeed par for the course for Saturday nights. What a moment!  I think it’s fair to say it’s not a great look for him.

The Red Corner

October 19, 2008

3784050409_b, originally uploaded by bartpogoda.

Lovely shot – larger here.

After a long break, I am back.  I will try and get back into the habit of posting more regularly.

Almost Lost Detroit

August 14, 2008

detroit waltz, originally uploaded by g. s. george.

Would be nice to see this bigger. It’s a shot of modern day Lee Plaza Apartments in Detroit, Michigan. A family friend spent some time in Detroit recently and he said it was a bit like being in a town after it had been bombed. This grand piano has certainly seen better days.

Sea of Maroon

July 19, 2008

sea of maroon

The Sea of Maroon by (nutmeg).

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Whistles and Snakes

June 12, 2008

whistles and snakes, originally uploaded by Tatiana Cardeal.

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A Tanzanian tribal sorcerer and his assistant, starting a traditional dance around the Moi International Sports Complex, the venue for the VII World Social Forum. There were dancers and drummers coming and playing many whistles . I can still hear their sound.


June 11, 2008

troubles, originally uploaded by janchan.