by Sean O'Toole
Landscape photography is more than a tad voguish at the moment. Andreas Gursky, Naoya Hatakeyama and Richard Misrach are all leading figures internationally. Not that we suffer from any dearth of local talent; Dave Southwood, Santu Mofokeng, Patricia Driscoll and Andrew Barker have all demonstrated a keen aptitude for documenting South Africa's remarkably diverse landscapes. And yes, Landsat 5 too.
No, Landsat 5 is not the hipster handle for a teenager named Michael or Mpho. Landsat 5 is just that, a satellite launched on March 1, 1984. The satellite has been used to take photographic images of various southern African landscapes. While sifting through the various images relayed to earth by the satellite, staff at the Satellite Application Centre noticed that some of the images were more than simply dispassionate scientific studies.
Using the CSIR's e-commerce infrastructure, the Satellite Application Centre is currently offering a selection of 20 images from selected areas in southern Africa. My own personal favourite is an image of Lake Malawi, rendered in shock red and mustard. The prints are available in different sizes and are plotted on a photo quality paper or on indoor canvas. An affordably priced gift, this is art by accident, not design.
For further information, visit the Satellite Application Centre's webpage at: