yeah-well-hey said:

Here's a question for Venus and Kunzite: What do you suppose you liked about each other in your past lives? You were quite in love at the time...

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I wouldn’t say ‘quite in love’. Okay, I had a crush on him… mostly because he was a kindred soul. We were both leaders of a group of guardians and I liked how he was strong and brave, wise and determined, and it was just really nice to see someone else in my position, you know? Someone who knew exactly what I was going through, who understood the responsibilities and the difficulty of trying to keep our little princess and prince in line.

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I admired Venus not only because she was a leader, but also because she was a woman. Because she was both. It was my first time seeing a woman command such a presence, so confident and brilliant and just indescribably beautiful. She was a bright, shining light. She was strong and brave and determined too, and I just had so much respect for her. Still do.

Anthropo-zoomorphic deity of Costa Rica

Jean-Paul Barbier was always out of fashion trends. When he began collecting art prehispanic, it was little known. Archaeologists, historians, ethnologists were still not interested in it. ”Today would be absolutely impossible to form such a collection,” says Jacques Blazy, the expert in charge of the sale at Sotheby’s. Barbier-Mueller Collection, including some masterpieces like “Venus Chupicuaro polychrome” “Divinity anthropo-zoomorphic head feline” in Costa Rica, “anthropomorphic funerary urn” island of Marajo or “flying duck” in drag played a role in scientific discovery and study of these cultures. If some civilizations such as the Olmec, Maya and Inca, made in recent years the subject of works ceretare temporary exhibitions, others were off taking the secret with them. 

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venus the bald one, 2014

35mm color film scans

When we study photography historically, we look at photographs of women taken by men over and over again - but very few photographs of women taken by women. From historical paintings to modern day commercial advertising, women have not been in charge of their own representation in the arts and in media.

These pictures are the beginning of an ongoing series that involves photographing women in all the spaces that they proudly occupy: traditionally feminine, modern and masculine, intimately sexual, and more. They are a quick look into womanhood, and an attempt to portray these aspects of womanhood positively through the eyes of someone else who experiences them.

Venus Calva, or “venus the bald one,” is a legendary form of Venus, who represents Roman matrons that sacrificed their own hair to make bowstrings during battle.

See more images from the series here.

Here are a couple of the less well-known pieces of astrophotography.

These two images were originally sent back to Earth from the Soviet Venera program probes (I believe these specific two came from Venera 13, though I don’t have the citation to hand).

That’s right - that barren rocky wasteland is Venus.

These images are particularly notable because Venus has a surface temperature of over 460 Celsius and a pressure of around 90 bars. That atmosphere is also pure poison. The clouds you can see aren’t water vapour; they’re composed of droplets of sulphuric acid. The ‘air’ itself is 94% carbon dioxide, with most of the rest being nitrogen and a lot of weird nasties.

None of the Venera landers remained operational for more than a couple of hours once on Venus’s surface. But frankly, given how unbelievably hostile the surface conditions are there, it’s a miracle they were able to function at all.

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