Clara Dudley

The Summer Solstice occurs on 21 June 2021 (GMT), and is known as the estival solstice or midsummer in the Northern Hemisphere, when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt toward the sun. Daylight will be the longest of the whole year. In the Southern Hemisphere, the longest daylight will occur at the December Solstice.

Below are a series of images of 19th and early-20th century astronomical depictions from research and science texts.

Sources: ‘Nautical Astronomy’ (William Thoms, 1902); ‘Astronomy for Amateurs’ (1904); ‘Elements of Astronomy’ (1875); ‘The World: Historical and Actual’ (1886); ‘High-school Astronomy’ (1859)

Public domain imagery accessed via Library of Congress and the Internet Archive Book Images (Flickr).

Interviewed by Clara Dudley

(published May 28, 2021 on — see original article here)

I’m Teenage Stepdad, a balding middle-aged man who creates art under an Internet pseudonym.

You have a computer in your pocket, and that’s not just a tool of consumption; it can be a tool of creation…

Even if all you make is dumb, weird, stupid bullshit.”

On 9 June 2021, streaming service newcomer Means TV releases Seize the Memes with Teenage Stepdad, the alt meme scion’s first streaming series: “A new Means TV original series that explores the rise of DIY digital meme art, in…

The 1st of May signifies many things, including Bealtaine (an ancient celebratory tradition marking the midway point between Spring and Summer).

May 1st has also been recognized for over a century as May Day, or the International Workers’ Day (aka Labour Day in many countries). With origins in the 8-hour day movement in Australia, then spreading to the United States and later to Europe and worldwide, May Day has often marked commemorations and demonstrations in support of worker rights and labor freedoms.

Above are some moments throughout the visual culture history of May Day, with early hand-rendered graphics and more modern depictions from rallies, protests, and recent calls for the recognition of essential labor. (Made for May Day 2021)

World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 each year. Founded in 1988, less than a decade after the onset of the epidemic, it was the first ever global health day. It was conceived as an international day of awareness by what is now the UNAIDS programme, part of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Pictured here are select public health campaign posters from the 1980s and early 1990s, promoting safe sex and harm reduction practises that help prevent the spread of HIV.

These select images are gathered from Creative Commons imagery collected from the Wellcome Collection and the National Library of Medicine (USA) Flickr library. Check out their sites and libraries for more freely viewable medical history images.

Below is a selection of original photographs of the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights) over Anchorage, Alaska (USA), and Aurora Australis (the Southern Lights) over Australia. Dates: 1977 / unknown, 35mm).

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Photo Library contains over 80,000 user-submitted images from the United States for public domain use assorted in collections focused on research, landscape, wildlife, and nature documentation in North America (primarily USA, but also globally). The Photo Library have been a service of the NOAA Central Library since 1998, and is a project of NOAA, under the U.S. Department of Commerce. See original post on NOAA Photo Library here

Credits (Anchorage, Alaska series): Doctor Yohsuke Kamide (of Nagoya University, 1977). Collection of Dr. Herbert Kroehl, NGDC

Credits (Australia series): David Miller (of National Geophysical Data Center, date unknown), location — Australia, Kangaroo Island

Clara Dudley

Designer, illustrator and writer from San Francisco, based in Dublin, Ireland. Curator/EIC: / Personal:

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