As NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft was about to leave our Solar System in 1989, Carl Sagan pleaded with officials to turn the camera around to take one last look back at Earth before the spaceship left our solar system. The resulting image of the earth from 3.7bn miles away became known as ‘the pale blue dot.’
If ever you need perspective, just think; pale blue dot.
The tomb of Michelangelo Buonarroti can be found in the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence, Italy. Realised by Vasari in 1570, the tomb includes three marble sculptures representing the personifications of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, saddened by the death of the great master.
It is Sculpture however, that is most distraught to have lost such a genius.
The Sleeping Hermaphrodite depicts the son of Hermes and Aphrodite. It is a Roman copy of a Hellenistic original dating to 2nd century BC, though the mattress was added to the statue in 1620 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
In December 2016 I visited the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to see their spectacular Christmas at Kew illuminations. Light shows, sculptures and soundscapes were dotted throughout the gardens and provided am opportunity to experiment with night photography.