Change your perception – The Overview Effect

Bourtange, Vlagtwedde, Netherlands

Daily Overview features a satellite photo everyday that shows us a view of our planet that we can’t appreciate from our perspective. The project is inspired by The Overview Effect, which they nicely explain: “This term refers to the sensation astronauts have when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole. They have the chance to appreciate our home in its entirety, to reflect on its beauty and its fragility all at once. That’s the cognitive shift that we hope to inspire (…) Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment”.

The beauty of the images is overwhelming. They look surreal and spectacular at the same time. From the green fields to the urbanized spaces and the top of the buildings, including the intricate highways. A really inspiring project.

PD: Don’t you think they could make great fabric patterns?

Agricultural Development, Loxahatchee, Florida, USA

daily-overview18Aluminum plant in Darrow, Louisiana

Border of São Domingos and São Desidério, Brazil

Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany

Atlanta, USA

Tulip fields in Lisse, Netherlands

Palmanova, Italy

Bronby Garden City, Copenhagen, Denmark

Almeria, Spain

Huelva, Spain

Agricultural development, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Residential development, Killeen, Texas, USA

Collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, Amundsen Sea, Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica

Venice, Italy

Froster Soak City, Toronto, Canada

Our Lady of Almudena Cemetery, Madrid, Spain

Challenge, CA  95925 United States
New Bullards Bar Reservoir, Yuba County, California
Brock Reservoir, Gordons Well, California, USA

Green Valley Pecan Company, Sahuarita, Arizona, USA

Calle de la Reina de África 20 28018 Madrid
Puente de Vallecas, Madrid, Spain

Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA

Lebrija 1 Solar Power Plant, Lebrija, Sevilla, Spain

Residential development, Naples, Florida, USA

Hutt Lagoon, Western Australia, Australia

Images from Daily Overview

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National Geographic: Around the world in 125 years


National Geographic has edited a book with more than 1000 of their best photographs from their archives, filled with the material compiled after 125 years documenting the world. Some of the pictures had never previously been published. The collection is divided into three books, organized by continents. You can have a look inside the books at Taschen’s website. I did, and now I am feeling the urge to buy the first flight to Australia, South America or India, and take photographs until I ran out of film (more on that subject soon).

The photographs show the interaction between landscapes and the humans that inhabit them. You might be looking at the valley of Taipi on Nokuhiva, and you can even feel the life in it, captured in an instant and brought back to the present. “It is a testimony about human culture“, as National Geographic has been described. The images offer a subtle view on society’s evolution too, shown in the people’s attitude towards these adventurers that sneaked into their lives. At first they posed happily, but there came a moment in which the situations portrayed were close to unsettled.

Some of the photographers featured are Steve McCurry (who took the famous picture of the Afghan girl), Frans Lanting, George Rodger and James Nachtwey.

A market in India, a giant iceberg in Antarctica, the façades of Al Khazneh, the navy of Greenland, a couple of inuits in a canoe, the bears of Canada, a long view of Central Park, the streets of Paris…Every photo is fascinating. A world tour ticket.

PS: If you want to dive into National Geographic‘s archives, have a look at their great Tumblr featuring old photos from the magazine.

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