Every time I see these I’m like “How are these even real?!?”
Scenes From Antarctica is a stunning gallery from The Atlantic’s In Focus blog that captures the amazing landscapes and research facilities that populate this harsh territory.
Superb photo tour of the inhospitable and exotic end of the world.
See that top photo of the gorgeous sun halo? If you missed it last week, we toured through some of the atmospheric phenomena that you see in pictures like that. It’s pretty neat stuff.
Zachary Copfer has producing a series images from radiation and bacteria in a petri dish, portraits of famous scientists and artists:
As a former microbiologist recently turned visual artist, I seek to create work that is less of an intersection of art and science and more of a genuine fusion of the two. During my graduate research I invented a new medium that combines photographic process with microbiological practices. The process is very similar to darkroom photography only the enlarger has been replaced by a radiation source and instead of photographic paper this process uses a petri dish coated with a living bacterial emulsion. I believe that great beauty and poetry reside within the theories woven by scientists. And that it is through the unification of art and science that these treasures can be fully explored and made accessible to the world at large.
“I believe that great beauty and poetry reside within the theories woven by scientists.”
Get a look inside the complexes that housed the Manhattan Project in photographer Martin Miller’s series Slouching Towards Bethlehem…Birth of the Nuclear Genie.
Miller on his project:
One cannot see the nuclear-explosives production facilities built during the Manhattan Project without experiencing a sense of awe at what was accomplished. The scientific, engineering, managerial, labor, and logistical challenges that were met and overcome are separately impressive but, taken together, simply astonishing. It is all the more incredible that this was done in the context of a desperate and bitter war that had already strained the nation’s manpower and resources as never before. Yet appreciation of the monumental achievements of the Manhattan Project cannot be considered without a pang of regret at what it unleashed into the world. It is an enduring paradox and essential human tragedy that so much selfless devotion to cause, so much creative intellectual energy, and so many good intentions gave birth to such a monstrous reality. It is a reality that would threaten the survival of the very civilization that made it possible. Although the end of the Cold War significantly lessened that threat, humankind may never again be free of its shadow.
This is a fine accompaniment to this amazing vintage home movie footage of Manhattan Project scientists letting off some steam around New Mexico. There was both a human side and the non-human side to the Manhattan Project … and we should remember both of them. Love this gallery.
Derek Heisler shoots Bill Nye, a beautiful set of portraits for one of our greatest educators. Love the Superman one. Very appropriate, no?
In this Through the Lens I had the opportunity to photograph Bill Nye The Science Guy for the SETI Institute. For most, Bill doesn’t need an introduction. He filled our Saturdays will learning, laughter, and fun. I can definitely say that Bill played a part in my curiosity towards the Sciences.
While chatting on our way to my portrait area, we talked about how technology is affecting the brain. He was exactly how I remember him on TV so many years ago. During the shoot I mentioned that I was also an Engineer and that I had worked with control systems. He immediately perked up and said “I’ve got something for you! Remind me after we’re done”. I was curious like a child again! When we wrapped up the session, he grabbed his laptop and placed it on the table nearby. Without grabbing a chair he kneeled down to get to eye level with his laptop. He then began to explain how he had just been at a conference and someone (I apologize for forgetting his name) had revisited how control loops should be done. It was just a simple change that made increased efficiency of the system. I stepped back and had a fan boyish moment where I realized I was getting a personal Saturday Bill Nye The Science Guy lesson!
Bill is a genuine Educator. He does what he does, because of his passion for Science and sharing knowledge. We can all learn a little from that.
We’ve all seen macrophotography of insects before, but never quite like this. These are photos of bugs after they’ve been peeled off the windshield of a car.
Photographer Voker Steger describes his method:
“The speed is important. The right speed is about 70km/h (43 mph). Flies that get hit by a car at that speed look like fallen angels in the electron microscope.”