“Of all the images that have ever been made, would you be able to select just 100 to represent our species and human achievement? Trevor Paglen’s Last Pictures is a project to do not only that, but also launch those images into geosynchronous orbit around Earth – all so that long after humans are gone, any space-wanderer will be able to fathom what humanity was all about.”
When I first read about this project, I thought the idea was brilliant, something right up my alley. When I read the comments in the original article, I realized that there were those in this world that look at things through a scientific eye, and those that look at this world through an artful eye.
“Any group of people would come up with 100 totally different images, but that is part of the fun. It’s an impossible project. Part of it was to engage peoples’ imaginations,” says artist Trevor Paglen.
It’s true. There were people that wanted to include art and people that wanted to showcase the technological advances made by humans. Picking only 100 photos to represent thousands of years of evolution and progress seems difficult to most, but fun to me! I wanted to get in on the action (you should, too!) The daunting task of narrowing down millions of possibilities into only 100 photos, the research, the memories, the pride as a human being, the misery, all of the emotions attached to a single picture is what made me want to do this. It’s an entertaining project, thought-provoking, and something everybody can do. One night a week, each member of your family can present 10 photos they think would be perfect for the time capsule and then vote on which ones to include in your personal list. Just a thought. I’ve decided to break mine up into 5 series, each with 20 photos, a la VH1 style! This week I will be presenting my “Dear to Me” series.
1. Dear to Me
3. Science & Technology
Hey, that rhymes!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on my selections. Would you include that one? Do you think this one is too obvious? Why would I include something so abstract? You get the idea…
Here is my list, in no particular order:
1. My Kids
What mother doesn’t think their children deserve to be remembered and commemorated for billions of years?
2. Map of the World
3. Texas – Because I said so.
4. Jesus Christ on the Cross
5. Space Program
I think if you’re from Texas, especially from the Houston-area, you have a special place in your heart for NASA and the Space Program in general.
6. Metropolis Skyline
What can I say? I’m a city girl at heart!
I chose this picture after searching through thousands because I felt like it was the most moving expression of music I could find. It’s beautiful and meaningful and evokes emotions the same way music can. I’m certain that aliens have figured out how to make and play musical instruments so I don’t think there would be much confusion for them when finding this picture.
8. Dog – Mans Best Friend
9. Floating the River
12. The Human Body
13. Food Glorious Food
FWIW- I wasn’t trying to exclude same-sex couples. I think the aliens should know we weren’t solely a heterosexual race, I just went with this one because I thought it was so sweet.
16. Hand Holding
18. The Stars at Night Are Big & Bright…
19. A Baby
20. The Fabulous Bowling For Soup!
That’s all she wrote for today’s list. Wonderful, pretty, beautiful, lovely things to share with the universe. But with the good, comes the bad so my next installment will be titled “Misery.” You’ll see death, famine, and 18 more. Hope to post it tomorrow. Start thinking about your list!