Monday, October 27, 2008

Ansel Adams out of a Job?


I just ran across a book review of Over: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point (review: The Late American Space) - it's definitely a book I'm putting on my Library list!

The author, Alex MacLean, is an aerial photographer who uses images to demonstrate how human development patterns have changed the American Landscape.

The book is divided into sections: Atmosphere, Way of Life, Automobile Dependency, Electricity Generation, Deserts, Water Use, Sea-level Rise, Waste and Recycling, and Urbanism. Each section includes an essay by the author and supporting photography.

Has anyone read this, or have other book suggestions?

1 comment:

Pré vert said...

You should check out the work of French photographer Yann Arthus Bertrand who released a similar project in 2000 called "Earth from Above". It is a collection of landscape photographs taken from helicopters and balloons in many locations across the world. The images and texts that go along call upon the readers to think about the development of our planet and how humans have changed their environment. You can learn more about this project there: http://www.yannarthusbertrand.org

Other interesting Yann Arthus Bertrand ressources include:
- The NGO he founded called Goodplanet: http://www.goodplanet.org - Unfortunately it looks like it's only in French.
- "6 Billion others", a documentary project including 6,000 interviews. The premise is that humans cannot build sustainable development without understanding each other and how different people across the planet live: http://www.6milliardsdautres.org - This one is available in English.

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