Next week marks the 60th anniversary of the first known successful ascent of Mount Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norga
Below is one of my favourite photos, a shot of the expedition’s base camp on the Khumbu glacier.
As an aside, this great article from the National Geographic shows that life on the mountain is very different now with hundreds of climbers queuing to reach the summit, causing huge risks to themselves and others, and leaving massive amounts of waste.
My Friday photograph this week is by Gregory Crewdson
The photograph is also the cover art to one of my favourite albums, Yo La Tengo’s And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out.
“We use publicly available embedded GPS information in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts and make photographs to mark the location in the real world. Each of these photographs is taken on the site of the update and paired with the originating text. Our act of making a photograph anchors and memorializes the ephemeral online data in the real world and also probes the expectations of privacy surrounding social networks. We select texts that reveal something about the personal nature of the users’ lives or the national climate, while also examining the relationship to physical space and the ways in which it influences online presence. This portfolio was completed in August 2011 as a site-specific commission for Third Space Gallery, Saint John, New Brunswick.”
For the past few months Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield has lit up Twitter with his tweets, videos and stunning images taken from the International Space Station (ISS) as he orbited the earth. In doing so he has opened up the work of the ISS to nearly a million followers. Tonight he will return to earth after five months in space.
One night last month Hadfield posted a wonderful photo of earth and then just a few minutes later I was able to watch the ISS pass over our house.
Twitter will be slightly less interesting from tomorrow.