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2012-06-01 08:45:32 AM
www.work-killer.com

library.thinkquest.org

1.bp.blogspot.com

media.smashingmagazine.com

media.tumblr.com

www.legendsofamerica.com
 
2012-06-01 08:46:30 AM
That set was pretty heavy on death. I want to put out a request for some hopeful, positive stuff.
 
2012-06-01 08:47:24 AM
www.rjgeib.com
 
2012-06-01 08:48:51 AM

hippyneil: The fact that there are people still dying of starvation and lack of water when we have the resources and capability to prevent it saddens me more than pretty much anything else. Whatever else we may inflict upon each other, the mass denial of such fundamental necessities (and it is denial because we COULD do this but don't because "it's too expensive") should be abhorrent to each and every one of us.


George Carlin does a brilliant bit about "Save the planet" basically "Save the farking planet? We haven't even learned to take care of each other. The planet isn't going anywhere, WE are." There's very little room in the budget for compassion but there's plenty for political favors and defense.

We have met the enemy and he is us.
 
2012-06-01 08:50:55 AM
i48.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-01 08:52:01 AM
The dog ones kill me.
 
2012-06-01 08:53:41 AM
Somebody else already posted this. It's one of the iconic photos showing the horror of war

dl.dropbox.com

The very essence of a powerful photo. You can feel the raw human emotion. Fear, horror, agony...

Yet, you can't tell from the photo itself what has just happened. The poor little girl in the center of the photo's entire back has just been horribly burned when napalm was dropped on her village.

Then there is this shot of this same little girl, now grown with her own child.

dl.dropbox.com

You almost have to see the horror shot from the past to know just how powerful this photo of the present is. Instead of fear and horror we have a parent's love and hope for the future.
 
2012-06-01 08:53:50 AM
Came for 'pale blue dot'. leaving satisfied
 
2012-06-01 08:54:58 AM
Jupiter and Io from the Cassini spacecraft:
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-01 08:55:48 AM

ordinarysteve: Big Ramifications: Prime Minister of America.
[i48.tinypic.com image 300x400]

Link
Yeah but then their 90 year old ex-PM does something like this and all is redeemed

~
Testify.

I was thinking exactly that when I was about to hit Add Comment.
 
2012-06-01 08:57:08 AM
I didn't make it past #9
 
2012-06-01 08:57:30 AM
Allergies, pure and simple. I am, after all, a heartless bastard.
/damn pollen
 
2012-06-01 08:58:01 AM

fireclown: hippyneil: Humanity's high point

..pic of astronaut on the moon..

Not yet, it isn't.


I was considering the achievements of our species so far, not what may happen in the future, therefore it IS our highpoint. I think that most people seeing that statement along with the image understand that.
Please go and be pedantic where it matters.
 
2012-06-01 09:02:31 AM
i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 09:04:37 AM
I have kids and #28 cuts me to the bone.
I feel sick when they are away for the weekend.
I can barely imagine what it would be like to be away for months.
Her pain, and relief shows.
 
2012-06-01 09:06:04 AM
Europa from Voyager 2:
photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov

Europa from Galileo:
apod.nasa.gov
 
2012-06-01 09:06:07 AM
i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 09:10:16 AM

Party Boy: Pillars of Creation

Click for resize


I had to look that picture up, and I came across this excerpt from the wikipedia page:

"Images of taken with the Spitzer Space Telescope uncovered a cloud of hot dust in the vicinity of the Pillars of Creation that one group interpreted to be a shock wave produced by a supernova. The appearance of the cloud suggests a supernova that would have been seen on Earth as exploding somewhere between 1000 and 2000 years ago, and will hit and destroy the pillars in another 1000 years. Given the distance of roughly 6000 light years to the Pillars of Creation, this would mean that they have actually already been destroyed, but because of the finite speed of light, this destruction is not yet visible on Earth, but should be visible in the next 1000 years." Link

Pillars of Creation, destroyed, existing only as the light they once reflected. Wow. The accuracy of the statement is disputed, but I still find the idea to be quite profound.
 
2012-06-01 09:11:22 AM
I like the idea of having some of the top photos being either powerful people tripping/falling/being idiots/morons and also images of humor or humanity not taking itself so seriously such as the Ron Jeremy picture just posted.
 
2012-06-01 09:12:05 AM
img.photobucket.com

It was initially from the same article as the woman sleeping in front of the coffin, I believe. That was a powerful article.
 
2012-06-01 09:12:13 AM

violentsalvation: French civilian crying is the one that speaks to me the loudest, of this collection.


Does it say, "HaHa! Suck it, Frenchie!"?
 
2012-06-01 09:14:48 AM

The Envoy: BullBearMS: Photos that evoke love, compassion, and joy (for example) can also be quite powerful.

Absolutely. The soldier in #28 is crying with joy and that made me tear up just as much as the ones dealing with loss and grief.

I think the reason that photos dealing with loss, despair, terror, fear etc. are things we as normal people can relate to and have felt in some measure during our lives. Pictures of space, while awe-inspiring, are still slightly removed from us as most of us have no experience of it rather than the knowledge that it's big and it's there.


I'm going to have to agree. My sense of wonder has never once led me to tear up.

That's not from a lack of appreciation of space porn. The Cassini shot that Tastycle just posted is very cool, it's just not going to cause dusty room syndrome for me.
 
2012-06-01 09:16:07 AM
www.stopviolence.com

\hot like Ernie in a bubblebath
 
2012-06-01 09:18:05 AM

RexTalionis: www.rareuniverse.org


That one of the Big European bubble chamber, I just now noticed...I think the band The Strokes used a modified version of it for the alternative cover of Is This It

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-06-01 09:19:54 AM

RexTalionis: I'd post some notable photos that weren't included in this link, but Fark prohibits pictures depicting death or something, so I won't.


post links
 
2012-06-01 09:21:56 AM

Tastycle: I like the idea of having some of the top photos being either powerful people tripping/falling/being idiots/morons and also images of humor or humanity not taking itself so seriously such as the Ron Jeremy picture just posted.


I don't think it necessarily has to be important to be powerful...
 
2012-06-01 09:22:20 AM

Mohammad I'm Hard Bruce Lee: [www.stopviolence.com image 400x579]

\hot like Ernie in a bubblebath


I looked for Bert and Ernie, not sure what else I'm supposed to be seeing in there.
 
2012-06-01 09:22:58 AM
Damn you, Subby. It is way too early for a link to a page this dusty. And what do I find when I come back to the Fark thread for a palate cleanser? More dust.

This is shaping up to be a depressing Friday.
 
2012-06-01 09:27:13 AM
i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-06-01 09:34:32 AM
4.bp.blogspot.com
During Christmas in 1914, the Germans and the Allied troops announced an impromptu truce for the day and exchanged gifts, hung out and played soccer in the "no mans land".
 
2012-06-01 09:34:33 AM
www.rqriley.com
 
2012-06-01 09:35:54 AM
If you find the picture of the prisoner confronting Himmler interesting, read "Do the Birds Still Sing in Hell?"
 
2012-06-01 09:36:32 AM
#20 is begging for "Welcome to Fark" in big, bold print along the bottom. Not checking this thread to see if it's already been done though.

/cause I have 20 more pictures to enjoy.
 
2012-06-01 09:39:45 AM

BullBearMS: I'm going to have to agree. My sense of wonder has never once led me to tear up.

That's not from a lack of appreciation of space porn. The Cassini shot that Tastycle just posted is very cool, it's just not going to cause dusty room syndrome for me.


I don't think the metric should be that the image makes you cry or feel sad but that it invokes a powerful emotion. That can be sadness, horror, despair, etc. but why not also wonder, awe, hysterical laughter, serenity, compassion, empathy, love, solidarity, epiphany, hope, lust, etc.

For some reason this quote from Bukowski pops to mind from Ham on Rye:

"Turgenev was a very serious fellow but he could make me laugh because a truth first encountered can be very funny. When someone else's truth is the same as your truth, and he seems to be saying it just for you, that's great."

I always thought he almost got it right. A truth first encountered often invokes powerful emotions, one of which is humor.
 
2012-06-01 09:49:05 AM
#10.

It gives me hope that religion can actually bring something positive into the world... and then I remember what dicks humans are when they feel they have the omniscient on their side.
 
2012-06-01 09:50:05 AM
#21

Himmler was a tyrant.
 
2012-06-01 09:52:02 AM

coco ebert: Oh, please. I lost it at #8.


Yep, started tearing up at 8, and was pretty much done by 40.

All I can think right now is "Why the fark do we still have war?"
 
2012-06-01 09:58:45 AM
Nice find subby, thanks.

*wipes tears away*
 
2012-06-01 10:00:25 AM
A couple I like

www.studiostratford.co.uk

nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov

extras.mnginteractive.com

#36 always gets me
 
2012-06-01 10:02:45 AM
I really like the photo of the orphan receiving the shoes from the Red Cross. There is something very ... I don't know ... pure about it. Elation at receiving a much needed pair of shoes (they look like nice shoes)? or is it the moment he realized random people he doesn't know and never will give a shiat about orphans and him (I am not alone).
 
2012-06-01 10:04:06 AM

Trail Mix: [www.work-killer.com image 480x381]

[library.thinkquest.org image 475x370]

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 550x374]

[media.smashingmagazine.com image 500x333]

[media.tumblr.com image 500x327]

[www.legendsofamerica.com image 369x500]


All of those should be on that list.
 
2012-06-01 10:06:23 AM

MythDragon: [3.bp.blogspot.com image 614x918]

What? No love for the Afghan girl?


Put it side by side with the later picture when they finally found her as an adult. She'd had a hard life. Before and after in this would be powerful, too.
 
2012-06-01 10:07:28 AM

BullBearMS: Lydia_C: BullBearMS: A shot of the Horsehead Nebula is certainly interesting, but it doesn't stand a chance of connecting to the viewer the way a display of raw human emotion does. At least to those of us with some sense of human empathy.

I dunno, I'm perfectly capable of tearing up in empathy for fellow humans' joy or suffering, as well as the at the beauty and awe of the universe. Maybe those of us who also feel emotions about the latter should feel pity for your inability to widen your perspective, eh?

Maybe so. Hubble porn is interesting to me and can quite often be beautiful and evoke a sense of wonder, but there is not a chance in hell of it ever evoking the same sort of deep emotional response that this image does:

[dl.dropbox.com image 640x433]

That's a shot of an aid worker in Uganda trying to comfort a starving child taken in 1980.



We are such a flawed species, not in the Dawninistic sense, but in the sense that we are so much less than we could be. Even my response to that photo was lacking. Yes I felt shame, and pity, and heartrending sadness, but I also felt such rage...

If you could have crystallized my emotions in the instant I saw that photo just now and extrapolated it over a period of time sufficient to find the people...all the people...responsible for starving that poor child and I would, without hesitation, have killed them all.

My response to tragedy wasn't an immediate impulse to render compassion, it was to impose revenge.

I don't think we have even come close to plumbing the depths of our own depravity.

Thank you for farking my Friday subby.
 
2012-06-01 10:08:15 AM
Meant to include this as a link, sorry: Afghan girl found.
 
2012-06-01 10:09:16 AM

ansius: I saw this the other day on the NYtimes blog site. I agree with the author, this image gets me.



click here for back story, it pops


The image didn't get me until I clicked on the link and read the story. I didn't just tear up, but had full on tears running down.
 
2012-06-01 10:11:26 AM

hippyneil: mytdawg: hippyneil: Humanity's low point

We're not done yet, we can top that.

hippyneil: Humanity's high point

We are done, we won't top that.

/bright ray of sunshine

The fact that there are people still dying of starvation and lack of water when we have the resources and capability to prevent it saddens me more than pretty much anything else. Whatever else we may inflict upon each other, the mass denial of such fundamental necessities (and it is denial because we COULD do this but don't because "it's too expensive") should be abhorrent to each and every one of us.


It's too expensive is a completely justifiable excuse.

Should you give a donated organ to a 90 yr old or a 20 yr old?

Do you assign doctors to ER patients in a one to one ratio?

Do you risk the lives of paramedics by sending them out in the middle of a hurricane?

Would you spend every resource the US has to intervene in a civil war ?


We may not like that we are forced to make decisions, but it is not evil to consider cost and consider efficiency.
 
2012-06-01 10:11:28 AM

Tastycle: I don't think the metric should be that the image makes you cry or feel sad but that it invokes a powerful emotion.


Have you noticed that the topic is photos that make the room all dusty?

Speaking of photos that make the room dusty, here is a Pulitzer prize winning series of photos of a mother in the process of loosing her child to cancer.

Be sure to turn on the captions, and you have never cried so much over a series of static images in your life.
 
2012-06-01 10:13:38 AM

Warthog: I don't know what criteria they used, but the permanent collection of Pulitzer Prize winning photographs at the Newseum in Washington is a better compilation. Anyone who likes this and who happens to make it to D.C. needs to check it out.

Some of the more recent pictures here are moving, but they're not timeless -- see the frankly generic photo of the tornado victim with his dog. They include that, but other important pictures I'd have expected to see aren't there. For example, no list like this is complete without Nick Ut's picture of the burning girl in Vietnam. And what about the firefighter carrying the body of the little girl from the day care center after the Oklahoma City bombing?

And if they're going to include shots without people, like their one of the Earth from the Moon, then what about the photo of the mushroom cloud over Hiroshima or the shot from Brooklyn of the UA 767 about to hit the south tower at the WTC?


Yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes.

I live in DC, and make it to the exhibit at least once a year. It is my favorite exhibit, of any museum, of all time. Whoever put that together deserves a Pulitzer of their own.

If you are in DC, you MUST visit this place.
 
2012-06-01 10:15:06 AM

BullBearMS: loosing losing her child


Yeesh.
 
2012-06-01 10:15:52 AM
Not that they are bad photos. Some of them are awesome. But some of them needed a caption before you could understand wtf was going on. And that kind of picture I would not put in a top 40 powerful photo list.
 
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