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Little Bird

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Chernobyl in photos

Earlier this year, to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, a number of newspapers and magazines ran photo essays of pictures taken from inside the exclusion zone, the mostly deserted, highly radioactive area around the power plant. … Continue reading

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Timescales – Philadelphia trip

I had a lovely weekend in Philadelphia at the TIMESCALES conference, hosted by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. I walked around the beautiful Penn campus and the Schuylkill River; visited the Penn Museum; and learned about deep time, the … Continue reading

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Punctum, the Unintentional, and Google Street View

In Camera Lucida, Barthes distinguishes between studium, the intellectual and cultural interest one might take in a photograph, and punctum, the more mysterious experience of being “pricked” or punctured by a detail in a photograph. To read a photo through … Continue reading

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The Becher Photographs

Roland Barthes proposes, in Camera Lucida, to develop a theory of photography through an intensely subjective form of introspection. “I resolved to start my inquiry with no more than a few photographs, the ones I was sure existed for me,” … Continue reading

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A rare glimpse…

Feeding behaviors of a wild Jasper

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nothing like summer in the city

That feeling you get around 5:00 Friday afternoon, when it’s so hot you can see it in the air, and there are actually empty parking spots in the Plant Hall parking lot, and for some reason you’re still at work. … Continue reading

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