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Flickr 720 :: Looking Up

Looking Up by Brian Glanz, a photo

Goal: not just another shot of Seattle’s Space Needle. Here, shot through the glass ceiling of its ground-level structure, in line to buy a ticket for the observation deck.

View it larger by clicking the small size to the left, to appreciate the glass ceiling’s effect.

For another, very different look at the Needle, on the same day I took this shot inside the Space Needle Observation Deck.

Elsewhere I called the Space Needle “the past’s future, always on the horizon.” I’m reminded of: “Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I cannot reach them; but I can look up, and see their beauty … and try to follow where they lead.” That was Louisa May Alcott though this passage is often misquoted, from Work: A Story of Experience.

Looking Up has been featured by:

  • Space Needle LLC, cataloging the top Space Needle photos on Flickr.
  • of São Paulo, Brasil in his popular wallpapr search engine, which uses the Flickr API to find cool “wallpapers,” AKA “backgrounds” or “desktops.”
  • ■ Yahoo! Image Search, Google Image Search, and other fine sites

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Four Flickr users call Looking Up one of their favorite photos:

  • TheQ! favorited this 04 Apr 07.
  • M P G favorited this 19 Oct 06.

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10 Comments on “Flickr 720 :: Looking Up”

  1. harpfour on March 24th, 2007 at 2:04 am

    nice shot,i really love it!!!

  2. Space Needle on August 24th, 2007 at 2:54 pm


  3. M P G on August 26th, 2007 at 7:25 am

    might be one of those rare needle shots…just love it!

  4. Brian Glanz on August 27th, 2007 at 11:27 am

    thanks m-p-g and harpfour, it’s hard to take a bad shot of this icon, but i tried to catch it in a new light, and thank you, too, Space Needle :)

  5. nijocamus on September 18th, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    @BG: It may be hard to take a bad shot, but it’s really easy to take a tediously boring shot of it — and challenging to do anything new and inventive. You succeeded!! (I tend to detest most space needle shots, but I think yours is really cool and intriguing).

  6. Brian Glanz on September 18th, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    nijocamus that is gratifying, thank you.

  7. Playafels on September 20th, 2007 at 3:46 am

    Il est vrais que cette vue offre une analogie avec la structure de l’Atomium de Bruxelles construite en 1958 !!!
    Il est vrais que la Belgique à cette époque était au niveau mondial novatrice au niveau des structures métalliques ainsi qu’au niveau des structures en béton précontraint ou elle était leader mondial – voir la flèche du génie civil sous “exposition universelle 1958″

  8. Brian Glanz on September 21st, 2007 at 6:33 am

    En outre, les deux monuments ont été maintenus, malgré des problèmes pratiques, par la demande du public.

    Une différence est que votre gouvernement maintient Atomium, mais malheureusement notre Space Needle est une possession privée, ainsi le propriétaire est un entreprise riche et les prix de billet sont injustement élevés.

    Peut-être plus de ce type de construction devraient se produire, un peu d’architecture davantage pour l’art et l’esprit public, moins pour le caractère pratique.

  9. photocoyote on February 1st, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    great composition! I love this shot

  10. Brian Glanz on March 26th, 2008 at 7:36 am

    the site and structure are also thoroughly inspired, aside from the needle’s obvious great curves and profile.



Upcoming @ Pacific Science Center?

Joey Mornin, @joemornin on Twitter and a research assistant at the Berkman Center, had tweeted “I have seen the future, and it is a Carl Sagan/Stephen Hawking remix …” (11:24 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck). That I had to see, and when I saw it I had to tweet: “This Carl Sagan Stephen Hawking remix … should play on a wall @PacSci :) via @joeymornin” (11:35 AM Oct 2nd from Google Wave (Tweety)).

Pacific Science Center, @PacSci on Twitter, understands social media. As every person, business, or organization using social media ought to be, in a word they are: social. When I mention @PacSci, they watch for it and in this case their response was: “RT @brianglanz: This Carl Sagan Stephen Hawking remix … should play on a wall @PacSci :) via @joeymornin <GLORIOUS!>” (11:43 AM Oct 2nd from Seesmic). They responded quickly, giving credit to Joey Mornin and me, and added their own comment, <GLORIOUS!> — all in 140 characters. <yoda>Impressive!</yoda>

Will the “A Glorious Dawn” remix actually appear at the Pacific Science Center? Whether on a wall, at a kiosk, or on screen before IMAX films I do think this sort of “citizen media” should be displayed alongside “citizen science” in our educational and cultural institutions. This video accentuates and amplifies important parts of the messages Sagan, Hawking, and science at large have to share. In an incomplete circle, science has made possible the technology, has made possible the culture, has made possible great grassroots work like this media; science needs to close the circle and better connect with the community.

Quintin Doroquez, @quintind on Twitter chimed in, too by tweeting “@brianglanz That was brilliant!” (11:57 AM Oct 2nd from Tweetie) and I could not agree more. Thanks and congratulations to the creator of “A Glorious Dawn,” John Boswell, melodysheep on YouTube, whose video has a perfect 5 out of 5 stars after thousands of ratings and more than 600,000 views in its first two weeks.

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Seattle’s Ken Judd en Montage

Update: you are seeing this message if MySpace took the video down, again; I have it coded to show if the video cannot. The audio is out of copyright due to its age, but regularly trips MySpace automatic filters. I have had it unbanned twice by people, only to be re-banned. Alas! It is a montage from my photos of the works of Seattle’s Ken Judd.

I may remaster the video — publish a higher resolution, remove the birthday reference, add a new opening and closing, etc. Generally, this is a test of displaying video on while it is hosted here by MySpace.

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