Satellite Photo Compositions by David Thomas Smith

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David Thomas Smith is a Dublin-based artist, working primarily with photography, but in untraditional ways. This particular series, Anthropocene, is a beautiful example; he composited these kaleidoscopic patterns from satellite photos. He explains the meaning and method behind the project:

“Composited from thousands of digital files drawn from aerial views taken from internet satellite images, this work reflects upon the complex structures that make up the centres of global capitalism, transforming the aerial landscapes of sites associated with industries such as oil, precious metals, consumer culture information and excess. Thousands of seemingly insignificant coded pieces of information are sown together like knots in a rug to reveal a grander spectacle.

Questions of photographic and economic realities are further complicated through the formal use of patterns that have their origins in the ancient civilizations of Persia. This work draws upon the patterns and motifs used by Persian rug makers, especially the way Afghani weavers use the rug to record their experiences more literally with vivid images of the war torn land that surrounds them.

This collision between the old and the new, fact and fiction, surveillance and invisibility, is part of a strategy to reflect on the global order of things.”

Check out the rest of Anthropocene, because it has some great detailed shots from these artworks.

>> See more of David Thomas Smith’s work at


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