Imagine for a moment that the shoebox under your bed was filled not with photos of your Great Aunt June snoozing on the sofa last Christmas, but with photographs taken in space by astronauts on Apollo 14. For a lucky few at NASA this is (almost) true, and fortunately they’re more than happy to share their treasures with us proles in the form of a new exhibition at London’s BREESE Little Gallery.
The exhibition addresses the subject of the sublime in NASA photography. “The sublime is perceived in the presence of power, awe and scale,” BREESE Little explains, “and felt in the sensation of helplessness at the realisation of our own insignificance. And yet it entails a sense of empowerment as we measure, map, quantify and record, seeking to understand the mysteries of the solar system and the universe through science, logic and technology.”
Encountering the Astronomical Sublime: Vintage NASA Photographs 1961-1980 will run at London’s BREESE Little gallery from 19 September until 25 October. Find out more on our events listing site, This at There.