Views from Space, Overview Photos of Earth

Puente de Vallecas apartment buildings - Madrid, Spain

Puente de Vallecas apartment buildings – Madrid, Spain

Rutzendorf - Groß-Enzersdorf, Austria

Rutzendorf – Groß-Enzersdorf, Austria

Salina Santa Maria salt evaporation ponds - Cadiz, Spain

Salina Santa Maria salt evaporation ponds – Cadiz, Spain

Settling ponds of Intrepid Potash mine - Moab, Utah, USA

Settling ponds of Intrepid Potash mine – Moab, Utah, USA

Riverbank Arena - London, United Kingdom

Riverbank Arena – London, United Kingdom

Pompidou Center - Paris, France

Pompidou Center – Paris, France

Vineyards - Huelva, Spain

Vineyards – Huelva, Spain

Porta Sempione - Milan, Italy

Porta Sempione – Milan, Italy

Lop Nur Potash Solar Ponds - Taklimakan Desert, China

Lop Nur Potash Solar Ponds – Taklimakan Desert, China

Inman Railway Yard - Atlanta, Georgia, ,USA

Inman Railway Yard – Atlanta, Georgia, ,USA

Brock Reservoir -  Gordons Well, California, USA

Brock Reservoir – Gordons Well, California, USA

Agrilcultural development - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Agrilcultural development – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Santa Caterina Market - Barcelona, Spain

Santa Caterina Market – Barcelona, Spain

Edson, Kansas, USA

Edson, Kansas, USA

New York State Supreme Court Building - New York City, New York, USA

New York State Supreme Court Building – New York City, New York, USA

theParkingSpot - Austin, Texas, USA

theParkingSpot – Austin, Texas, USA

 

Armed with a sense of awe for the Earth, Daily Overview gives us space-sized cropped views of the globe, where manmade meets nature in beautiful colors and geometric formations.  Above are various satellite “Overviews” accompanied by their description and location. The video above is a documentary about the “Overview Effect,” whose relevance is explained in Daily Overview’s mission statement.

The origins of this project are fascinating, and they describe quite earnestly:

“Our project was inspired, and derives its name, from an idea known as the Overview Effect. 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. 

From our line of sight on the earth’s surface, it’s impossible to fully appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the things we’ve constructed, the sheer complexity of the systems we’ve developed, or the devastating impact that we’ve had on our planet. We believe that beholding these forces as they shape our Earth is necessary to make progress in understanding who we are as a species, and what is needed to sustain a safe and healthy planet.

As a result, the Overviews (what we call these images) focus on the the places and moments where human activity—for better or for worse—has shaped the landscape. Each Overview starts with a thought experiment. We consider the places where man has left his mark on the planet and then conduct the necessary research to identify locations (and the corresponding geo-coordinates) to convey that idea. 

The mesmerizing flatness seen from this vantage point, the surprising comfort of systematic organization on a massive scale, or the vibrant colors that we capture will hopefully turn your head. However, once we have that attention, we hope you will go beyond the aesthetics, contemplate just exactly what it is that you’re seeing, and consider what that means for our planet.”

>> See more of Daily Overview at overv.eu.
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