Trevor Paglen using long range photography. I seem to have a strange obsession with green images at the moment. This image has also been lit by moonlight in a similar way to Darren Almonds photographs, makes the image quite fuzzy in a similar way to some of my photos.
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 kilometres 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.
Image relates to my photograph taken on the Orkney Islands in 2011 (unintentionally)
‘The image seem fragile because they record a specific human glimpse through a camera which is ephemeral and frozen in time‘ Quote taken from the Tate website – this quote helps explain why I want to also use video to record the places that I’m visiting – as I dont necessarily want the image/print to be a snapshot or momentary capture of a place – the time/elapsing of the video adds a further element….