An alternative overview of the earth as seen from space shows just how alive with colour and vibrancy our planet today is.
A new book entitled Overview: A New Perspective of Earth shows amazing aerial photos of the planet taken from satellites. The artist Benjamin Grant in compiling the book sought to mimic ‘the overview effect’ a phrase coined in the 1980s that derived from astronauts that have gazed upon the earth from space. They said that viewing the world from such a distance creates an understanding of life, and an awareness of the impact we have on our planet and the desire to protect it.
From olive tree groves covering the hills of Córdoba in Spain, to the sprawl of a refugee camp in northern Kenya, to the symmetry of blocks edging Central Park New York, and the beauty of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the book depicts in equal measure how insignificant we are, but yet how we have come to highly organise our planet.
The project was created in collaboration with DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of commercial satellite imagery. Benjamin Grant curated and composed more than 220 of the most thought-provoking images from the series to go for publication. The book is divided into a diverse range of topics that can fall into categories – Work, Rest and Play – such as, Where We Harvest, Where We Live and Where We Waste.
The book contains locations like the Port of Antwerp in Belgium, the Gemasolar Thermosolar Plant in Seville, Spain, the tulip fields of Lisse in The Netherlands and evaporation ponds at the potash mine in Moab, USA.
“ I believe that we need to see our planet differently before we can understand what we’re doing to it and how to create a future where we protect it. From our usual line of sight on the ground, there are many things and places that we cannot fully understand without a wider, elevated view. That new perspective – one that I think is absolutely necessary in today’s world – is what I hope to provide and inspire with my images ,” Grant told Lonely Planet.
Overview: A New Perspective of Earth is available now via Preface Publishing.