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Posted by The Center on December 9, 2010

(Photo credit: Yoichi Nagata, “SkyEarth The Last Paradise 5” )

(Photo credit: Yoichi Nagata, “SkyEarth The Last Paradise 2”)

Photographer Yoichi Nagata’s SkyEarth series conceptualizes Earth as an alien experience. Stripping away the blinders of habituation, Nagata treats air and water with a reverence reserved for brand new eyes.

In his own words:

When I first saw the photographs taken by the Apollo astronauts in the photo book Full Moon by Michael Light, I was stunned that the moon shows virtually the same monochromatic landscape regardless of whether the images use color or black-and-white film.  The only things that show color are those that the astronauts brought with them from the Earth.

I then imagined, what if people who were born and brought up on the moon traveled the opposite route as the Apollo astronauts and landed on Earth?  What would they sense?

First of all, they would probably be amazed by the abundant colors seen on the ground at their feet. Unlike the ground of the moon, which is gray or almost colorless, the Earth is flooded with colors such as white and beige beaches, green landscapes overgrown with grass, or carpets of colorful flowers.

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Posted by The Center on December 8, 2010

(Photo credit: Michael Frye, Lunar Eclipse Sequence, Yosemite)

Photographing in the dark is no easy feat. Capturing an eclipse requires even more attention to detail. Michael Frye demonstrates that it is an enterprise worth undertaking.

Frye describes his process:

Making an image like this is a complex process. I started by researching the timing and direction of the eclipse and finding a location; luckily I knew a great spot near Oldmsted Point with these wonderful twisted junipers.

After positioning the camera I made a series of exposures, each ten minutes apart, of the moon as it moved through the scene and darkened into total eclipse. In between moon shots I moved a flash around and made a series of exposures to light the trees. When the moon was fully eclipsed I made an additional 30 second exposure for the stars. All these separate photographs were then layered together in Photoshop to create the final image.


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