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Christoph Gielen

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Otherworldly aerial photos of our built environment.

Christoph Gielen's aerial studies of suburban land use patterns provide a revealing perspective on the sprawl that dominates America's built landscape. Shot from a helicopter, the abstract and geometric patterns look almost otherworldly, forcing the viewer to evaluate the artificiality and unsustainability of suburban 'hoods and highway infrastructure. “With these pictures, I......read more

J. Henry Fair: Abstraction of Destruction

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A photographer goes skyward to capture "industrial scars."

Like a good war photojournalist, J. Henry Fair stops at nothing to capture his image. In his case, the battle being waged is between industrial forces and the earth. The muckracking photographer takes to the sky in planes and helicopters, flying over enemy lines to shoot eerily beautiful pictures of polluted landscapes. The resulting images evoke Abstract Expressionist paintings, hence the......read more

Aerial Trees Make Abstract Art

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Dangling cameras from kites, Dutch photographer Gerco de Ruijter blurs the boundary between landscape and abstraction.

As a rule, tree farms are less interesting to us than forests. The perfectly spaced rows of trees have nothing on the wild natural jumble of a free standing forest. But there's an exception to every rule, and, errr, this is no exception. Hanging cameras from kites and fishing poles, Dutch photog Gerco de Ruijter captures aerial views of tree farms that come off looking like geometric abstract......read more

Photo Gallery: Striking Shots from Above

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Alex MacLean goes airborne to document the complex relationship between humans and nature.

As an architecture student at Harvard, Alex MacLean took a community planning course that exposed him to the practice of aerial photography. Inspired by the human-imposed grids and patterns he saw from the sky, MacLean pursued his pilot's licence and has since become one of America's preeminent sky photographers, having shot over much of the country and co-authored several books exploring the......read more

Gaia: Travels in Space

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Cirque du Soleil founder snaps transcendental images of Earth from space

In 2009, Guy Laliberte, the billionaire founder of Cirque du Soleil, boarded a Russian Soyuz rocket and shot into space. The goal: to raise awareness of clean water access and, presumably, to have an awesome time. Nine days later, Laliberte returned from his space travels with thousands of photos of Earth that he snapped with his Nikon D3S and Nikon D3X digital-SLR cameras. 102 of those epic......read more

Where in the World?

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Test your geography knowledge with The Atlantic's Google Earth puzzle

Of the many Google innovations that have transformed our media world, Google Earth may be our fave. It takes a previously esoteric realm of photography — satellite imagery — and gives any internet user the power to view the planet from the sky. In doing so, it teaches us plenty about our impact on Earth. Earlier this month, The Atlantic presented readers with a challenge: look at a......read more

Incredible Images of the Great Salt Desert

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Mesmerizing views of Iran's largest desert from space

For our money, there's nothing like some good satellite or aerial photography to shift our perception of this planet we call home. Looking like abstract paintings, these images offer stunning views of the arid landscapes in Iran's largest desert, the Dasht-e Kavir, or Great Salt Desert. The word kavir is Persian for salt marsh. The essentially uninhabited zone -- covering an area......read more

James Reeve: Lightscapes

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Eye-catching images of the city by night

London-born, Marseille-based photographer James Reeve trips the light fantastic with his most recent collection of images, Lightscapes. Working under cloak of night, Reeve trains his camera on the lights of the city, removing everything but the speckled light patterns themselves. The effect is arresting, akin to the woozy feeling one gets when looking out the window of an airplane at......read more

The World's Largest Solar Farm From Above

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Aerial photos of the Ivanpah solar thermal plant by Jamie Stillings

Deep in California's Mojave Desert, construction is well underway on a solar power plant that may eventually generate enough electricity for 140,000 homes. When it's completed next year, the $2.2 billion, 3,600-acre Ivanpah solar thermal plant will be the largest of its kind in the world, with nearly 350,000 mirrors reflecting light onto boilers, creating steam to power turbines and generate......read more

Aerial Photos of Los Angeles by Michael Light

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Sky shots capture the "horror and enchantment" of LA

For several years, San Francisco-based photographer Michael Light has been flying his own lightweight aircraft to document the American West from the air. His latest book, LA Day/LA Night, shows off the beauty and horror of the City of Angels in equal measure. Whereas the nighttime photos carry a celestial, almost heavenly feel, the daytime images -- a selection of which are shown here -- are......read more

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