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Abstracted Landscapes: 5 Photographers Creating Spectacular Images of the World From Above

Abstracted Landscapes: 5 Photographers Creating Spectacular Images of the World From Above | visual data | Scoop.it

Sometimes the best photographs come from simply looking at the world from a different perspective. The five photographers featured have all taken this sentiment to daring heights, abstracting landscapes via a bird's-eye view. 

From Miks Mihails Ignats' portraits that obscure perception to Vladimir Melnikov'sunlikely view of a wildfire devouring the land, and from Mariusz Szczygiel's and B Brown's graphic displays of industry from above to BMJ's vision of an ocean in which boats look like bathtub toys, each of these photographers brings a unique eye to aerial photography...

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If The Planet Really Did Revolve Around Your City: Isidro Blasco's 3D Urban Panoramas

If The Planet Really Did Revolve Around Your City: Isidro Blasco's 3D Urban Panoramas | visual data | Scoop.it
When you’re in a big city humming with activity, it’s not unusual to feel like the world revolves around you. On each trip to a new place, artist Isidro Blasco climbs up to the tallest buildings and documents what exactly “the world” looks like through the city’s eyes.

The result: the “Planet” series, which takes us to the bubbles of places like New York, São Paulo, Sydney, and Madrid.

The artist assembles photographs into meticulously circular panoramas. Reminding us that Photoshop techniques have origins in the physical world, each series is painstakingly incised and trimmed by hand. The three-dimensional works challenge perceptions of our everyday "orbits" through their creative use of representation.


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jewell Moss's curator insight, March 2, 1:31 PM

What do you see through your city?

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This Is the World on Flickr: A Photo Documentation Map

This Is the World on Flickr: A Photo Documentation Map | visual data | Scoop.it
A map from the Oxford Internet Institute reveals the geographical distribution of billions of photos uploaded to the popular image-sharing site.

Individually, each of those photos shows us something, some flash of a moment on this Earth. All together, they show us something else, a planet pulsing—unevenly—with photo documentation...

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matthew keenan's curator insight, November 24, 8:03 PM

As both a photographer and a student of geography this map is highly interesting.  With each dot representing locations on the planet that have corresponding images in Flickr.  The map is significant for two main reasons, firstly it is a great example of population density and human patters.  Secondly, this image is telling of the ability to capture the earth and share its people and cultures across the globe.  The accompanying story raising an interesting point, "Individually, each of those photos shows us something, some flash of a moment on this Earth. All together, they show us something else, a planet pulsing—unevenly—with photo documentation."  This photo documentation is the writing of art works and the documenting and curation of global cultures.  Being able to access these images allows one to not only read art, and read images, but also read and access different cultures and people.  


The images one posts can be viewed as singular works of art for people to read and interpret and engage with as they may.  However, when taken as a whole set of images, Flickr is the story of the planet being written daily by thousands of authors in the form of billions of images.  Flickr is a giant curated book of visual history and a visual story of shared cultural experience.


When thought of from that context digital tools like Instagram and Flickr are an important cultural and historical resource that allows us to read the world through the visual but also allows us to add to the content and write our own stories within a larger one.

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Hot Spots: Mapping the World's Most Photographed Locations

Hot Spots: Mapping the World's Most Photographed Locations | visual data | Scoop.it

Sightsmap forms an aggregation of the most photographed buildings by integrating Google's Panoramio, which allows users to tag a location or attraction within their photo.


In a colorful gradient of purples, reds, and yellows, the website reveals the most photographed places around the globe. Broad patches of purple coincide with a lesser amount of photographs, while smaller clusters of yellow reveal the locations where people can't seem to put their cameras down. Unsurprisingly, the densest areas of yellow are the world's most popular tourist spots − including New York City and cities across Europe such as Istanbul.

Sightsmap is more than just a map of tourist destinations however; it also shows the close connection between architecture and what inspires people to take photos. Sightsmap forms an aggregation of the most photographed buildings by integrating Google's Panoramio, which allows users...

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Amazing Satellite Photos Of Earth Offer A New Perspective

Amazing Satellite Photos Of Earth Offer A New Perspective | visual data | Scoop.it

From up in the sky, the world that we know seems simplified, yet profound and the way architects and urban planners have shaped the earth comes sharply into view.

Astronauts have described this phenomenon as the "overview effect," citing the psychological impact of seeing the Earth from outer space. The Daily Overview, a new website launched last month, aims to share their sense of awe by posting one satellite photo of the Earth every day.

Founder Benjamin Grant and his team have chosen to focus on the built environment, "shining a light on the areas where our human activity—for better or worse—has shaped the landscape."

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jm gif's curator insight, March 7, 3:33 AM

I need to share this! New perspectives #point of view

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Designing Fictional Planets: Photography + Stereographic Projection Dan Peterson

Designing Fictional Planets: Photography + Stereographic Projection Dan Peterson | visual data | Scoop.it

Dan Peterson is a designer and illustrator, originally from Portland, OR. His experience in print and interactive design led to his latest project ‘Tiny Planets’ - an impressive group of images using both real photographs and remixed, edited photographs meshed together.


'Some are actual 360 panoramic photos turned into tiny planets, and others are heavily edited and remixed panoramic photos that make up abstract patterns.' -Dan Peterson.

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Rim Riahi's curator insight, October 9, 2013 11:51 PM

Some are actual 360 panoramic photos turned into tiny planets, and others are heavily edited and remixed panoramic photos that make up abstract patterns.' -Dan Peterson.