Maya Women reversing that White Settler-Colonial Gaze.
exotic white ppl we see u
“Spanish photographer Cristina De Middel’s fictional documentation of a failed 1960s space programme in Zambia - The Afronauts - has just been nominated for the 2013 Deutsche Borse photography prize.”
Wow this is weird. I feel like I would be really in to this…and the images are really compelling. But I was reading what little I could find from the white artist and she seemed really focused on the failure, “impossible dream” and eccentricity aspects of the subject. It’s a really cynical view of afrofuturism I think, using African people to exoticize the space age aesthetic and acting as if it is so weird that Zambians would want to be on the moon. Instead of their aspirations for outer space being taken seriously, they’re just a curious juxtaposition to the Western history of space exploration.
guise look it’s me
As Phil Plait informs us at the link above, this gorgeous shot was taken from the International Space Station on Jan 1, 2013. That so many would desire to live in a place so beautiful, with full knowledge of the possible destruction that this active volcano could wreak on their lives (as it did less than two millennia ago), speaks volumes about us.
Sometimes when you take a picture of Earth, it can be a self-portrait of humanity itself. It’s a stunningly beautiful place, and that seems to trump danger and risk for a great many people.
(via Bad Astronomy)
Photographer & Artist:
From the “Sexual Colors” Series
“Photographic exhibition, research laboratory of images and interaction with people, re-reading of famous and sexy bodies. Choose one of these labels (or all at once) and apply on Sexual Color of Gabriel Wickbold, work scheduled to be shown in the second half of 2010, in New York. Pointing his lenses and projecting his pop light on a mixture of materials, organic or inorganic, onto human skin, the young, 25 year old photographer from São Paulo, reaches an unique way of seeing sexuality, covering to strip. He explains: ”The paint is a protection and at the same time revealing. It covers a woman, but in character, reveals itself.” To achieve this effect, Brazilian personalities such as Adriane Galisteu, Fernanda Paes Leme, Didi Wagner, Natalia Rodrigues, Fernanda Souza, Adriana Bombom, Barbara Koboldt, and Carla Fiorito, undressed (the majority for the first time) and had their beautiful forms covered with chocolate, gouache, airbrush paint, synthetic hair, coconut vines, sand and makeup, not necessarily in that order. Dismissing stereotypes, Sexual Color reinvents and exports the Brazilian beauty in a format that you have never seen.”
Students Make Photos by Eating 35mm Film
Kingston University photography students Luke Evans and Josh Lake decided to turn themselves into human cameras by eating 35mm film squares and letting their bodies do the rest. The single film segments were first ingested, excreted (in a dark room) then washed.