Gallery: Fascinating photographs captured from space show the world from an astronaut’s point of view
Published 23/07/2015 | 10:44
A beautiful photo series which showcases some of the world’s most stunning landmarks captured from space has received worldwide admiration.
The collection which was created by New York-based creator Benjamin Grant captures the ‘overview effect’ which is the sensation astronauts experience when looking at the earth from a height.
The images were captured in collaboration with Digital Globe, a satellite imaging company which can snap photographs from miles above the earth.
Within the collection are photographs of Glastonbury, the Nardo Ring test track and a Californian plane boneyard.
“Nearly all of the Overviews focus on the places where human activity—for better or for worse—has shaped the landscape of the planet. Each one starts with a thought experiment,” said Benjamin.
“I 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.
“A number of themes have now developed for example transportation, agriculture, energy, so I often use those buckets to help generate new ideas as I search for new places to capture.
“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,' Benjamin adds.
“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.”
Benjamin has amassed more than 40,000 followers on Instagram since launching the interesting photos on his website.