Joshua Dudley Greer - Somewhere Along the Line
"Early settlers imagined the New World as a pristine, uninhabited wilderness – a landscape of unparalleled beauty, magnitude and possibility. Yet the driving impulse of expansion was rarely to commune with nature, but more often a desire to carve a garden from these wilds and create a new civilization, unique from all others. Lines began to be drawn, initially through agriculture and settlements, then railways and cities, and eventually the road.
Today, the American landscape is carved up by nearly 4,000,000 miles of roadways that lead us to just about anywhere we need or want to be. The Interstate Highway System in particular has permanently altered the way we experience the landscape and in turn, each other.
The ideas of mobility, prosperity, community and growth, cornerstones of the American Dream, still motivate many of us to strike out on the road in search of something beyond what our daily lives provide. For some it may be a job or a lifestyle, for others an escape. Whatever the motivation may be, we are all visitors somewhere.”
Trevor Paglen - They Watch the Moon (2010)
"This photograph depicts a classified ‘listening station’ deep in the forests of West Virginia.
The station is located at the center of the National Radio Quiet Zone, a region of approximately 34,000 square kilometers in West Virginia and parts of Maryland.
Within the Quiet Zone, radio transmissions are severely restricted: omnidirectional and high-powered transmissions (such as wireless internet devices and FM radio stations) are not permitted.
The listening station, which forms part of the global ECHELON system, was designed in part to take advantage of a phenomenon called moonbounce.
Moonbounce involves capturing communications and telemetry signals from around the world as they escape into space, hit the moon, and are reflected back towards Earth.
The photograph is a long exposure under the full moon light.”
YEEESSSsss finished an entry for the Heroes Rise fanart competition on Facebook! Time to cross my fingers and wait for a month- hell, I might draw another one if I have time ;v;
AY GUYS I know I don’t do this at all but if I could ask for a little favor…
Please spare a like for this entry on the HR Facebook page o/ I’d really appreciate it! If I could get it past 300 likes (or just get the most) then I would be ETERNALLY grateful, because winning this contest would mean so much to me!
OKAY GUYS I NEED AT LEAST 100 MORE LIKES TO OVERTAKE THE CURRENT LEADING ENTRY LOL and I am SO WILLING to bargain on this.
For every share that, in turn, results in at least five likes added to the entry, I’ll doodle a small headshot either based on your blog or an OC. Just message me your Facebook name and I’ll draw, if that happens!
Thanks a bunch, guys. I know I have 1800+ followers right now and I can count on even a hundred of you to help me. ;v;
Alright, now I don’t care about winning (it would be hella cool though)- it’s more about outing the leading entry right now that is only leading just because of a lot of FB friend shares. And it doesn’t even deserve the likes because more than half of that entry is traced art. The entry is still being supported despite this, and the ‘artist’ is taking all the credit, even going so far as to lie about the time she had spent on the piece, when clearly she had just traced over images of celebrities, and one comic heroine.
What she said was: “I also want to point out that this came directly from my head.”
If she wins, then it would be a massive insult to those who actually put effort in their work, and it would be a very undeserved win for her. I’ve already messaged the HR team about this issue and still have not received a reply, so it’s up to other users to comment about the tracing on the image itself.
AYYYYYY ONE MORE DAY LEFT TIL THE CONTEST ENDS! Currently tied with the entry that was traced!