Luis Rubim Photographer

Evidence (Format Magazine brief submission)


About this work:


The premise of this brief reminded me of the great late astronomer Carl Sagan. Asimov described Sagan as one of only two people he ever met whose intellect surpassed his own. Sagan posed some of the most interesting and perhaps profound questions on life outside our planet, ranging from the scientific to the phylosophical in character. During the 60s and 70s, in the heydays of the UFO era, photographic "evidence" much of it of dubious sources, was put under scientific scrutiny. With extraordinary claims aplenty along with "conclusive" photographic evidence of alien visitation and life on other planets, Sagan famously stated "that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" and helped deconstruct and debunk many of these claims. But photography was for many absolute truth and for many that still suffices today. Nowadays, with the current state of technology, photographic evidence hardly suffices as circumstancial evidence. With this body of work I explore both Asimov and Sagan's statements on evidence, with a humorous slant, in the context of our modern era, using photos from the Mars rovers in photo montages, presenting them as evidence that life exists on the Red Planet and seemingly so for as long as on this planet.( Image credit:NASA/JPL /Luis Rubim)


Luis Rubim