I spent a great deal of my life being ignored. I was always very happy that way. Being ignored is a great privilege. That is how I think I learnt to see what others do not see and to react to situations differently. I simply looked at the world, not really prepared for anything. — Saul Leiter (via symptomer)
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First television picture from space.
[Image: Tiros I Satellite (1 April 1960)]
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Defying the invisible force of gravity: Nikolai Tsiskaridze trained by Galina Ulanova.
[Image: Mikhail Logvinov] (via: lasylphidedubolchoi)
Great victories in intelligence are, by definition, usually destined to remain secret. But inside its headquarters in Virginia, the CIA keeps its own little oil-and-canvas shrine: 16 pieces of art commemorating important moments in intelligence history.
Up until this month, only CIA employees and VIPs had access to the “secure” gallery, according to the AP. But a permanent exhibit at Birmingham’s Southern Museum of Flight has collected high-quality prints of the pieces at Langley. The show is called Shadow Gallery, The Art of Intelligence, and it’s just as strange as you might expect art about modern war to be.
For example, in a 2008 oil painting called Cast of a Few, Courage of a Nation, artist James Dietz depicts a CIA-owned, Soviet-built Mi-17 helicopter supplying U.S. troops in Afghanistan with supplies. The painting is a piece of extremely detailed super-realism, with everything coated in an unearthly, electric blue glow. Another painting looks more like concept art from Rambo: It shows a famous 1968 incident in which a U.S. soldier was able to shoot down a North Vietnamese Air Force plane using only an AK-47 wielded from the open door of a helicopter flying directly above the plane.
(via The CIA’s Bizarre Art Collection Memorializes Its Greatest Hits)
Look deep into the blackness to see the angels.
[Image: Stefan Lochner The Virgin Crowned by Angels (c. 1450)]
I think that I shall never see a theology lovely as a tree -
This isn’t a dispute about the meaning of facts, but rather a dispute about whether or not there can be any such thing as facts. The sort of Christian fundamentalist most likely to embrace young-Earth creationism is also likely to be the sort of person who rails against “post-modernism” and who insists on the essential importance of “absolute truth.” Yet scratch the surface of any young-Earth creationist and you’ll find an epistemology more radically skeptical than anything Hume or any of the French deconstructionists ever imagined. Far from the defenders of “absolute truth” they claim to be, young-Earth creationists actually embrace a philosophy that says nothing can be known about the world around us.
Reciprocity: Let the light in, project the light out.
[Image: Lucinda Bunnen]
Crossing the threshold. One of my favorite subjects.
[Image: Martin Gyger]
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