Friday Swipe: Twitter, solar power and storms around the world

These six things have caught my eyes and ears this week or thereabouts.

Solar power from the sky

Like everything in this post, I actually saw this ages ago but I’m playing catch-up. Tom Hegen’s aerial photographs of sprawling solar plants around the world are stunning – cool, weird and stunning. The Solar Power Series, like Hegen’s other work, seeks to explore the impact of humans on the planet.

The TV Series

Another photographer, Ryan Struck, has produced a project at ground level. By photographing television sets left by the side of the road, Struck examines the things we throw away and how objects are viewed. The TV Series is available as NFTs, if collecting such things appeals to you as a way to support artists.

Ryan Struck

Storms around the world

Stormchasing has always fascinated me, if not as a participatory activity then at least as a cultural phenomenon. Seeing photographs of storms is a modern privilege and the work of the likes of Alexis Mallard, Enric Bachs, Amy Howard and Tim Baca – as featured in Fubiz’s round-up of award-winning storm photography – is on another level.

Eyes on the Streets

Eyes on the Streets is a photographic odyssey through the boroughs of New York City. It’s a collection of the works of Jamel Shabazz through his decades documenting the cultural history of the city’s communities. It’s on display at The Bronx Museum until September but New York is on the other side of the world, so you can see his photography here instead.

Jamel Shabazz

Twitter

Fucking Twitter. I don’t like it, and I say that with a level of disappointment you can only begin to imagine. I am, was, a Twitter evangelist. It’s brought so much to my life that I can barely scratch the surface. Chuck Wendig doesn’t like it either and he’s a better writer, commentator and swearer than I am. He wants to talk about Twitter.

The future of the metaverse

I have thoughts and feelings about the so-called metaverse and the various cultural, technological and political odds and ends that are and will be a part of it. It’s particularly interesting to me as a marketing consideration, because we’re always parping about stuff real people don’t care about. Enter the great Marketoonist