new perspectives

I’d love to say I just discovered a new favorite website, but Science Images is in fact a loosey-goosey assemblage of around 29 photographic postings over the course of April 2009.  What’s really impressive however is the quality of the photography, captured by such curiosities as the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite, the Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper, and the addictive hi-res mapping site GeoEye.

Talk about creating altered states of perspective! The flattening of 3-dimensional landscapes into 2-dimensional slides of line drawings, geometry and color fields is an art unto itself.  I’m surprised someone hasn’t already experimented with a kind of mash-up, eschewing traditional photo journalism in favor of artfully cropped and manipulated satellite pix. Plus, is it me or does photo #4 look like a Chuck Close up-close?  (For the record, it’s a square of Kansas crop circles)  Photo #2 isn’t Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty by the way – it’s the Burj al Arab Hotel in Dubai.

Double click on the images for larger hi-res versions.  They deserve to breathe.

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