Would it take much to adapt this photograph to abstract art? (The source URL is eol.jsc.nasa.gov/EarthObservatory/PatuxentRiverNavalAirStation_Maryland.htm which has a labeled version of this image and explanatory text)
NASA trains astronauts to take pictures from Earth orbit — man-made landmarks, unusual geology, spouting volcanoes, forest fires, towering storm clouds… Surely the astronauts must take some care to compose the photograph in an artistic sense also. Other images come from Earth-monitoring satellites. Some images have the colors enhanced, or may be taken in infrared wavelengths, in order to emphasize certain features.
Below are some images that have especially caught my eye in the last year or two, striking enough so that I saved them on my computer. They seemed to be prime subject matter for converting into a piece of textile art — the colors, the textures…
There are hundreds of thousands of images at “The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth” site, home page eol.jsc.nasa.gov/ . Sign up for their monthly emailed newsletter, which includes links to new and noteable images along with text explaining features in the images, at eol.jsc.nasa.gov/distribution/ . It is easy to spend too much time on this website, as each example has thumbnails of even more images that beg to be examined. Since NASA uses taxpayers’ money to get the images, they are not copyrighted (at least they are available freely for use in the U.S., I don’t know if it applies to citizens of other countries.)
Then there is all the low-altitude photography of Earth taken from airplanes, let alone the marvelous imagery of other planets, telescopic images of nebula… perhaps I’ll post on those another time.
Do these images inspire you to make art? Do the colors and shapes look like fabric art to you?
Geology (false color):
Sand dunes and shadows in Africa, low angle of lighting:
Sunset from the Space Shuttle: