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Trevor Paglen has a section on this subject in his talk “ Seeing The Secret State: Six Landscapes” [1], it starts at around 28m. He details the symbolism and clues those logos provide. Highly recommended.

[1]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF4vQA7eWgE

Trevor Paglen [0] has produced some amazing works and many of my all time favourite photographs. I agree with you but also highly recommend those unaware of him look into his other publications and exhibitions.

[0]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trevor_Paglen

> many of my all time favourite photographs

i'm particularly partial to this one:


i emailed him to ask about buying a print but never heard back

What's being photographed in this one?

> This photograph depicts a classified “listening station” deep in the forests of West Virginia. The station is located at the center of the “National Radio Quiet Zone,” a region of approximately 34,000 square kilometres in West Virginia and parts of Maryland. Within the Quiet Zone, radio transmissions are severely restricted: omnidirectional and high-powered transmissions (such as wireless internet devices and FM radio stations) are not permitted.

> The listening station, which forms part of the global ECHELON system, was designed in part to take advantage of a phenomenon called “moonbounce.” Moonbounce involves capturing communications and telemetry signals from around the world as they escape into space, hit the moon, and are reflected back towards Earth.

> The photograph is a long exposure under the full moon light.

I watched that talk when it was first published. So so so well done!

I second (third?) Paglen’s work in this space. His book “I could tell you but then you’d have to be destroyed by me” is excellent.

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