We never sit here under the weight of all this air, the 5 x 10^18 kg of atmosphere that sits above everyone on Earth, and say “Gosh, that sure is heavy!”
You don’t realize just how powerful that 1 bar (~100 kPa) of pressure is until a train car is filled with steam, allowed to cool, and then implodes ohmygod did that just happen?
For more implosion goodness, check out this awesome video from Veritasium.
Reading Magic, hand pulled screen print, 19” x 25”, edition of 15
HUMAN! CAN’T DO IT MYSELF!
gpoy, always gotta tell em how to do it
For our final project in art class, we got to choose what we wanted to do out of all the other projects we’ve done this semester. So I chose to do another cross hatching project. This time the picture I did was the cover art from the Halo 4 game. And instead of sharpie, I used a Micron 0.30mm pen which is quite a bit finer point than the sharpie. It took a while, (even longer than it should have because the pen started running out of ink finishing up the totally black parts) but I think it looks pretty good! It always seems like it’ll look weird as I’m working, but in the end the whole thing really looks good together. :3
pictures from the series MEMENTO MORI, 2010-2011
2011/11/28, 10:54pm, Taiwanese Public Shelter, Time Until Euthanized: 1.2 hours
2011/10/24, 12:09pm, Taiwanese Public Shelter, Time Until Euthanized: 1.9 hours
“These images record the last moments of life for some dogs found in public shelters run by governmental agencies in Taiwan. These portraits are taken on the very day in which the animal depicted is about to be ‘put down’ or mercifully killed. These images are but a small fraction of the total body of work in this ongoing project.
“Utilizing the classic portrait style that originated in the early 19th century with the birth of photography as an art form, these photographs offer the viewer a chance to look attentively into a bleak future. These dogs are essentially dead and their souls are hours or minutes away from non-existence. These portraits reflect a formal construct or platform through which the viewer and the dog “communicate,” using exchanged gazes to create a forced contemplation.
“Photographic images allow us to contemplate. Through contemplation, we gain an understanding of the uniqueness and nobility of life. Through contemplation, we understand how chaotic and disordered the world has become.
“The moment when a photographer chooses to release the shutter during a shooting session, or when carefully selecting an image from a body of work about the same subject matter, these acts, the releasing of the shutter and the editing of a selection, lead to subjective choices and reveal a bias. In the same token, every viewer has an inborn nature that is unique and possesses personal experiences that also reflect different values. Therefore, when different viewers face the same image, it is inevitable that they produce wide ranges of responses from the minute to radical to drastic differences in sentiment, interpretation, meaning and/or intent.
“However, from the point of view of the subject portrayed in a photograph, these biases, prejudices, and even different sentiments can be perceived as a form of manipulation. It is often times these distortions and/or misinterpretations that offer richness in the various degrees of reality. The photographic image is merely a vehicle of communication that can lead to a better understanding of a situation, an event, of ourselves and of the world around us.
“In viewing these specific images, one looks directly into the eyes of the dog and the dog looks back. These images reflect the last opportunity to look. This is a final and decisive moment. Death is eminent and all that is asked of the viewer is to engage, to recognize the common bonds and to honor the resemblances between our lives.”
This is the saddest, but most powerful work, that I have witnessed in a long time.