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Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Makoto Azuma Uses the Stratosphere as a Backdrop For His Latest Floral Art space plants photography flowers

Last week Japanese botanic artist Makoto Azuma attempted to go where most artists only dream of going: to space. In a project titled Exbiotanica, last week Azuma and his crew traveled to Black Rock Desert outside Gerlach, Nevada. In the dead of night Azuma’s project began. The team launched two of Azuma’s artworks – a 50-year old pine suspended from a metal frame and an arrangement of flowers – into the stratosphere using a large helium balloon. The entire project was documented, revealing some surreal photographs of plants floating above planet earth. “The best thing about this project is that space is so foreign to most of us,” says John Powell of JP Aerospace. “So seeing a familiar object like a bouquet of flowers flying above Earth domesticates space, and the idea of traveling into it.” (syndicated from Spoon & Tamago)

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non-Commercial Use

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography history black and white
Kinder in einem Feriendorf / Martin Munkacsi / 1929

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has released a vast archive of 400,000 (mostly) hi-resolution digital images online that you can download and use for non-commercial purposes. From a 12-megapixel scan of Rembrandt’s 1660 self-portrait to over 18,000 photos spanning almost two centuries. Here are a few quick gems from the Photography collection, see also: Arms & Armor, Modern and Contemporary Art, and other highlights. (via Kottke)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography history black and white
Daughters of Jerusalem / Julia Margaret Camero / 1865

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography history black and white
Head of Man with Hat and Cigar / Leon Levinstein / 1960

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography history black and white
Isambard Kingdom Brunel Standing Before the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern / Robert Howlett / 1857

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography history black and white
A Study, No. 1 / Rudolph Eickemeyer / 1901

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography history black and white
Street Minstrel, Gose / Shinichi Suzuki / 1870s

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography history black and white
Group of Thirteen Decapitated Soldiers / Unknown / 1910

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography history black and white
Sincerely Yours, Woodrow Wilson / Arthur S. Mole / 1918

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography history black and white
A Girl, Carmel / Johan Hagemeyer / 1930.           Unidentified Child Picking Nose / Walker Evans / 1930.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non Commercial Use photography history black and white

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Jellyfish Photographed Against the Sky by Alexander Semenov

Jellyfish Photographed Against the Sky by Alexander Semenov photography ocean nature jellyfish animals

Jellyfish Photographed Against the Sky by Alexander Semenov photography ocean nature jellyfish animals

Jellyfish Photographed Against the Sky by Alexander Semenov photography ocean nature jellyfish animals

Jellyfish Photographed Against the Sky by Alexander Semenov photography ocean nature jellyfish animals

Jellyfish Photographed Against the Sky by Alexander Semenov photography ocean nature jellyfish animals

Jellyfish Photographed Against the Sky by Alexander Semenov photography ocean nature jellyfish animals

Jellyfish Photographed Against the Sky by Alexander Semenov photography ocean nature jellyfish animals

Jellyfish Photographed Against the Sky by Alexander Semenov photography ocean nature jellyfish animals

Photographer Alexander Semenov (previously) who is well known for his documentation of oceanic wildlife, recently turned his camera upward and captured some fascinating photographs of jellyfish against the clouds and various sunsets. In some instances the water was so clear appears as if the animals are practically hovering in the sky. See much more over on Flickr.

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Finding Vivian Maier: A New Documentary About One of the World’s Most Mysterious Street Photographers

Finding Vivian Maier: A New Documentary About One of the Worlds Most Mysterious Street Photographers street photography photography New York documentary Chicago black and white

Finding Vivian Maier: A New Documentary About One of the Worlds Most Mysterious Street Photographers street photography photography New York documentary Chicago black and white

Finding Vivian Maier: A New Documentary About One of the Worlds Most Mysterious Street Photographers street photography photography New York documentary Chicago black and white

Finding Vivian Maier: A New Documentary About One of the Worlds Most Mysterious Street Photographers street photography photography New York documentary Chicago black and white

Finding Vivian Maier: A New Documentary About One of the Worlds Most Mysterious Street Photographers street photography photography New York documentary Chicago black and white

Finding Vivian Maier: A New Documentary About One of the Worlds Most Mysterious Street Photographers street photography photography New York documentary Chicago black and white

In 2007 Chicago 26-year-old real estate agent (and president of the Jefferson Park Historical Society) John Maloof walked into an auction house and placed a $380 bid on a box of 30,000 prints and negatives from an unknown photographer. Realizing the street photographs of 1950s/60s era Chicago and New York were of unusually high quality he purchased another lot of photographer’s work totaling some 100,000 photographic negatives, thousands of prints, 700 rolls of undeveloped color film, home movies, audio tape interviews, and original cameras.

Over time it became clear the photos belonged to a Chicago nanny named Vivian Maier who had photographed prolifically for nearly 40 years, but who never shared her work during her lifetime. Since the discovery Maier’s photographs have received international attention with collections touring in cities around the world as well as the publication of a book. Now, a documentary called Finding Vivian Maier directed by Maloof and Charlie Siskel is nearing completion and the trailer above is a tantalizing preview of what promises to me a fascinating film. Can’t wait. (via gapers block)

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