Trevor Paglen Photographs the Limit of Vision at Black Sites

At that extreme distance [44miles] vision itself collapses. Literally you can look as hard and with the most powerful equipment you can and there is nothing to see. Because at those distances there is so much heat and so much haze and so much turbulence in the atmosphere that the photons that make up light are literally coming apart from each other. Color is literally coming apart.

Now it turns out that it is harder to take a picture of something on the ground that is 30 or 40 miles away than it is to take a picture of Jupiter, for example, that is hundreds of millions of miles away.

You come up against the physical limit of vision. That is really what you see in the photograph, is you see vision falling apart. Now at the same time it is a photograph of this weapons range, but it is also a photograph of the impossibility of trying to see this weapons range in a certain way.

We have previously written about Trevor Paglen’s groundbreaking photography projects about military patches, spy satellites, CIA Black Sites and Limit-Telephotography but I just came across this video interview with him explaining the physical limits of light and photography that his work about “black sites” is confronting. An interesting thought.

(via ASX.TV: Trevor Paglen – “Black Sites” (2012))

Dreams and Visions

Last week while searching for the train pictures in the ‘archive’ I found again some pictures I took while drunk early, early in the morning during my birthday party this year in Belgrade. There is something to be said for pictures that are take with a lack of consciousness. I like these pictures a lot, probably as much for the fact that I don’t exactly remember taking them. They were less the result of thought, but of feeling. An important thing.


And that is the infamous Djordje Jovanovic making an appearance as an out of focus head (a favorite trope..) on the right.