An Insider’s Look at Space Shuttle Flight Decks

As of late, an interest in space exploration has risen and we’re discovering more and more astounding photography of our incredible vessels that make the journey possible. Last month, we brought you the incredible photos of America’s Space Shuttle Program by Dan Winters and today we’re pleased to share photographer Ben Cooper’s series of images, giving us some insight on the inner workings of some spacecrafts.

Cooper’s series, simply known as Flight Decks, takes us inside three space shuttles–Endeavour, Atlantis, and Discovery. The photos in this series reveal the intense technology that astronauts have to work with. Video games make it seem like fun and games to pilot a rocket-launched vehicle, but it clearly involves a lot more knowledge than simply steering around with a joystick. There are countless levers, switches, buttons, dials, and screens to man both in front, behind, and overhead. As if astronauts didn’t warrant enough high regards for their brainpower, this series is sure to foster the utmost respect for the space travelers who have the mental capacity to handle all of those controls.

Prints of Cooper’s insider’s look at space shuttles can be purchased through his website.

Ben Cooper website
via [Ian Brooks]

December 2, 2016

Sexy French Farmers Pose for Shirtless 2017 Calendar

Last year, the holiday season was set ablaze by France’s Pompiers Sans Frontières (Firefighters Without Borders) and their sizzling, stripped-down calendar. Shot for a good cause by renowned Paris-based fashion photographer Fred Goudon, the risqué calendar proved to be a popular Christmas gift—both in France and abroad. In keeping with tradition, Goudon has photographed a new crop of au naturel pin-up models for his 2018 edition: French farmers.

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December 1, 2016

Meticulous Landscape Paintings Beautifully Represent Intangible Emotional States

Artist Crystal Liu intimately ties her emotional states to beautiful abstract paintings. In large-scale works, she constructs landscapes that are metaphors for the intangible forces that drive us. Visually, elements of the Earth and sky are the actors for the feelings we cannot easily imagine. Together, the sun, mountains, and more depict “narratives of conflict, entrapment, longing, and precarious hope.” These symbols allow Liu to seem removed, yet make the pieces deeply personal.

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