I’m not sure, but I think this is the first time in my life that I looked at a real picture and assumed it was from a video game.
The photo speaks to the things that console games have down — the geometry and finish of machinery, the blurless fragments of a detonation, smoke effects on a cloudless sky. The avatars’ faces are turned away so you can’t see how difficult it is to simulate a meaningful expression. The outstretched arm in the avatar further from the camera is outstretched just it would be in a studio with someone wearing a motion capture suit. As a videogame still, it’s perfect. As reality, it’s grim and sad, a reminder of something on the planet that continues without hope.
U.S. Army soldiers from the 2nd Platoon, B battery 2-8 field artillery, fire a howitzer artillery piece at Seprwan Ghar forward fire base in Panjwai district, Kandahar province southern Afghanistan, June 12, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (via A Soldier’s Life In Afghanistan » TotallyCoolPix)
Badass Bridge of the Day:The Moses Bridge, as its name suggests, is pedestrian bridge that creates the illusion of walking through water — in this case, the West-Brabant waterline near Fort de Roovere in the Netherlands.
Designed by RO & AD Architects, the bridge was built using Accoya wood, a type of modified wood that offers the enhanced durability necessary to sustain a sunken bridge.