High-Tech Spy Photos As Fine Art

A nice story here about photographer Trevor Paglen's unique art project. I think it's art. At least it looks like art. Basically, Paglen reworked the lens mount on his Canon D-SLR to accept a telescope with a focal range of from 1,300mm to 7,000mm. He uses that setup to photograph off-limits military bases from miles away. Don't worry too much about national security: His super lens, pointed through miles of dusty, smoggy atmosphere, ends up distorting the final images...but in a good way.

A nice story here about photographer Trevor Paglen's unique art project. I think it's art. At least it looks like art. Basically, Paglen reworked the lens mount on his Canon D-SLR to accept a telescope with a focal range of from 1,300mm to 7,000mm. He uses that setup to photograph off-limits military bases from miles away. Don't worry too much about national security: His super lens, pointed through miles of dusty, smoggy atmosphere, ends up distorting the final images...but in a good way. (Above: His shot of the "Area 52 Control Tower" in the Nevada desert.) An exhibition of the work is up at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco this month.
—David Schonauer