Thursday, July 3, 2014

Look down at these paintings

Are these paintings? At first glance.

But so unbelievable are these landscapes shot from up above.

Stumbled upon this beautiful collection of photographs on this very interesting website: Daily Overview

The people behind this project write: 

"From our line of sight on the earth's surface, it’s impossible to fully appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the things we’ve constructed, the sheer complexity of the systems we’ve developed, or the devastating impact that we’ve had on our planet. We believe that beholding these forces as they shape our Earth is necessary to make progress in understanding who we are as a species, and what is needed to sustain a safe and healthy planet.

As a result, the Overviews (what we call these images) focus on the the places and moments where human activity—for better or for worse—has shaped the landscape. Each Overview starts with a thought experiment. We consider the places where man has left his mark on the planet and then conduct the necessary research to identify locations (and the corresponding geo-coordinates) to convey that idea. 

The mesmerizing flatness seen from this vantage point, the surprising comfort of systematic organization on a massive scale, or the vibrant colors that we capture will hopefully turn your head. However, once we have that attention, we hope you will go beyond the aesthetics, contemplate just exactly what it is that you're seeing, and consider what that means for our planet."

Their website, for more breathtaking images.

Here are some of my favourites.

Agricultural Development
Loxahatchee, Florida, USA
26.678379, -80.433557

Salina Santa Maria salt evaporation ponds
Cadiz, Spain
The Salina Santa Maria salt evaporation ponds are located in Cádiz, Spain. Water from the Bay of Cádiz is fed into the pools and is drawn out through evaporation, leaving the salt to be harvested.

Gordons Well, California, USA
The Brock Reservoir, located near Gordons Well, California, is used to supply water to nearby farmers via the All-American Canal. 2013 and 2014 have been two of the driest years on record in California, with more than 80% of land experiencing severe to exceptional drought. 


Barcelona, Spain

Elsdorf / Niederzier, Germany
Tagebau Hambach is an open-pit mine in Niederzier and Elsdorf, Germany used to extract lignite. Lignite, often referred to as brown coal, is a soft combustible sedimentary rock that is formed from naturally compressed peat and is used almost exclusively as a fuel for steam-electric power generation.