"My images are a reflection of my passion for architecture, graphics and "ordinary" people." Frédéric-JG Blanque is a French photographer from Toulouse, currently working and living in New York city. The inaugural objectivity of some of his visual urban compositions is somewhat reminiscent of the Düsseldorf School. Others represent the modern city in a way which initially seems conventional, even reflecting a fascination for the American Way of Life, or an imagined convening of the Lost Generation. Instead, they should be understood as an ironic take on both the images much loved by home department stores and all forms of nostalgia. Blanque is not interested in depicting reality, an idea he opposes, but in constructing his own reality, which has much more potential.
Architectural photography as it is presented and crafted by Blanque becomes an ode to living matter. The Business District series is a metaphor for the world economy. Buildings blaze with fire, melting, dissolving, and sometimes sinking… yet we need not despair. They remain straight and imposing. Our sincere thanks to Loïc Arnaud for this Curator’s Monday.
The rings of Saturn have puzzled astronomers since Galileo Galilei discovered them with his telescope in 1610. Detailed study by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft in the 1980s only increased the mystery.
There are billions of ring particles in the entire ring system. The ring particle sizes range from tiny, dust-sized icy grains to a few particles as large as mountains. Two tiny moons orbit in gaps (Encke and Keeler gaps) in the rings and keep the gaps open. Other particles (10s to 100s of meters) are too tiny to see, but create propeller-shaped objects in the rings that let us know they are there. The rings are believed to be pieces of comets, asteroids or shattered moons that broke up before they reached the planet. Each ring orbits at a different speed around the planet. Information from NASA’s Cassini mission will help reveal how they formed, how they maintain their orbit and, above all, why they are there in the first place.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute