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Direction-Space! by Maria Gruzdeva

February 7th, 2016 | Space

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Direction-Space! is a project by Russian-born photographer, Maria Gruzdeva. The photographs depict relics from the Soviet-era space industry in all their 20th century glory. Two iconic sites, Star City and Baikonur (previously blogged here), are featured prominently in the images.

A blurb from the artist:

“Direction–Space! series explore the reality of the space community at first hand, investigating the physical and psychological space as well as the routine and lives of its residents and their habitat. Generation of cosmonauts have trained in these surroundings and because of the reticence and insularity of this world the physical space and its spirit have been preserved. The series reveals these traces of history, power and ghost-like presence left behind. It is this space that holds the weight of the past and shapes the reality of people who live and work there currently. Direction–Space! offers a new insight into the subject central to the Cold War history of the Soviet Union and raises questions over attitudes and perceptions that have been formed over the past decades.”

And without further ado, here’s a sample of the fascinating collection:

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If you are interested in the history of the Soviet space program, she put the collection of images in a book:

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You can pick it up from Amazon here, Direction-Space!.

-RSB

Project Apollo Archive

October 5th, 2015 | Space

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Kipp Teague is a Virginia-based space enthusiast who has been collecting and cataloging NASA content since 1999. The Project Apollo Archive is the result of the almost 2 decade effort which serves as “an online reference source and repository of digital images pertaining to the historic manned lunar landing program.”

It’s a large collection, but I’ll feature some of my favorites from each Apollo Mission here, starting with…

Apollo 7

(Color) Earth Orbit; NASA photographs; unprocessed 1800 dpi Hasselblad film scans by Johnson Space Center, circa 2005

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Apollo 7 Hasselblad image from film magazine 3/M – Earth Orbit

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Apollo 7 Hasselblad image from film magazine 4/N – Earth Orbit


Apollo 8

(B&W) Lunar Orbit, Trans-Earth Coast; NASA photographs; unprocessed 1800 dpi Hasselblad film scans by Johnson Space Center, circa 2005

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Apollo 8 Hasselblad image from film magazine 13/E – Lunar Orbit, Trans-Earth Coast

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Apollo 8 Hasselblad image from film magazine 13/E – Lunar Orbit, Trans-Earth Coast


Apollo 9

(Color) Earth Orbit, EVA; NASA photographs; unprocessed 1800 dpi Hasselblad film scans by Johnson Space Center, circa 2005

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Apollo 9 Hasselblad image from film magazine 19/A – Earth Orbit; EVA

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Apollo 9 Hasselblad image from film magazine 20/E – Earth orbit, EVA

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Apollo 9 Hasselblad image from film magazine 21/B – Earth orbit, LM test flight


Apollo 10

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Apollo 10 Hasselblad image from film magazine 35/U – Lunar Orbit, Trans-Earth Coast


 

Apollo 11

(Color) Trans-Lunar Coast; NASA photographs; unprocessed 1800 dpi Hasselblad film scans by Johnson Space Center, circa 2005

Project Apollo Archive - Apollo 11

Apollo 11 Hasselblad image from film magazine 36/N – Trans-Lunar


Apollo 12

(Color) EVA-1; NASA photographs; unprocessed 1800 dpi Hasselblad film scans by Johnson Space Center, circa 2005

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Apollo 12 Hasselblad image from film magazine 46/Y – EVA-1

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Apollo 12 Hasselblad image from film magazine 47/V – EVA-1

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Apollo 12 Hasselblad image from film magazine 49/Z – EVA-2


Apollo 13

(B&W) Lunar Module undocking prior to re-entry; NASA photographs; unprocessed 1800 dpi Hasselblad film scans by Johnson Space Center, circa 2005

Project Apollo Archive - Apollo 13

Apollo 13 Hasselblad image from film magazine 59/R – Transfer from LM to CM; LM undocking prior to reentry


Apollo 14

(B&W) Post-Landing; NASA photographs; unprocessed 1800 dpi Hasselblad film scans by Johnson Space Center, circa 2005

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(B&W) Post-Landing; NASA photographs; unprocessed 1800 dpi Hasselblad film scans by Johnson Space Center, circa 2005

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(Processed) Apollo 14 Hasselblad image from film magazine 72/L – LM extraction, Lunar orbit


Apollo 15

(B&W) EVA-2; NASA photographs; unprocessed 1800 dpi Hasselblad film scans by Johnson Space Center, circa 2005

Project Apollo Archive - Apollo 15

Apollo 15 Hasselblad image from film magazine 90/PP – EVA-2


Apollo 16

(B&W) EVA-3; NASA photographs; unprocessed 1800 dpi Hasselblad film scans by Johnson Space Center, circa 2005

Project Apollo Archive - Apollo 16

Apollo 16 Hasselblad image from film magazine 106/K – EVA-3


Apollo 17

(Color) EVA-1 & 3; NASA photographs; unprocessed 1800 dpi Hasselblad film scans by Johnson Space Center, circa 2005

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Apollo 17 Hasselblad image from film magazine 134/B – EVA-1 & 3

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Apollo 17 Hasselblad image from film magazine 134/B – EVA-1 & 3


Anyway, there are many more that you can find on the Project Apollo Archive here.

Have fun!

-RSB

Demiurges – Project by Serial Cut & Bartholot

July 21st, 2015 | Space

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Serial Cut, a design studio based out of Madrid, worked in collaboration with art director, Bartholot, to create these stunning images for “OFFF Unmasked” — a new art book celebrating the 15th edition of Barcelona’s OFFF festival. The series depicts mysterious figures, each with their own yellow object of unknown significance.

Demiurges, the title of the work, means an “artisan-like figure responsible for the fashioning and maintenance of the physical universe”. So I suppose the figures are some sort of artistic deities. It all comes off rather cultish, but it’s a cult I’d probably like to join.

-RSB

Decaying Soviet Space Program by Ralph Mirebs

June 16th, 2015 | Space

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The Baikonur Cosmodrome, located in the desert of Kazakhstan, was the world’s first and largest operational space launch facility. It turned 60-years-old earlier this month, and I would say that it’s seen better days. Russian photographer and urban explorer, Ralph Mirebs, gained access to the defunct facility and captured these somber photos of a decaying Soviet space program.

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As you can see, there are remnants of two Buran spacecrafts still in the hangar. One of them, OK-1K2, nicknamed Ptichka (Little Bird), was almost ready for spaceflight in 1992, but the program was shutdown right before it was ready for launch.

You can find more photos and information at Ralph Mirebs’ site.

Photography from Todd Baxter

January 29th, 2015 | Space

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Todd Baxter, hailing from Chicago, Illinois, is responsible for these dreamy conceptual photographs. Often featuring children in surreal environments, Todd captures a certain intensity with his images. I think his portraits are especially strong… no smiles or laughter to be found here.

Find more from Todd at his Portfolio Site.

-RSB

“Under My Skin” by Lucia Giacani

November 26th, 2014 | Brain

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Lucia Giacani is a fashion photographer hailing from Milan, Italy. Seen here is an editorial photo shoot for Vogue Italia called “Under My Skin.” I especially appreciate how the model’s glistening red hair matches the animal’s striated muscles.

Stylist: Dinalva Barros
Make-up: Elena Pivetta
Hair stylist: Ana Rodriguez
Manicurist: Rossella Galvani
Model: Kristina Sheiter
Special thanks: Maxwell Goodway

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No animals were harmed in the making of these photographs.

You can read more about the artist at her site.

-RSB

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