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A gallery of satellite images taken – not vertically – but at an angle, published by Planet Labs.

To wit:

…the satellite imagery we’re most familiar with — taken straight down — flattens and obscures the visual cues we get from perspective, making the imagery appear like maps, not photos… from an angle, the view becomes altogether different: the mountains rise to their commanding height, valleys regain their depth, and background features recede into the distance. It’s like getting a view out the window of an airplane 450 kilometers high.

From top: Monte Fitz Roy in Patagonia; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Klyuchevskaya volcano in Russia and Bilbao in Spain.


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A proposal by ‘computational and speculative designer’ Benedikt Groβ and San Francisco based geographer Joey Lee to ‘run a satellite image based alphabet searching algorithm’ to identify man made structures that look like letters of the alphabet when viewed from above. They say:

..we will traverse the entire planet’s worth of satellite imagery and develop the tools and methods necessary to map these features hiding in plain sight.

Well might you scoff, but the project is already fully funded on Kickstarter.


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In his ‘Juxtapose‘ project, artist Daniel Schwartz  compiles tasty examples of this split screen exotica.


NASA already has a long history of compositing images of the earth (front and back).

Now the Russians have gone one better with their geostationary Electro-L weather satellite: its 121 megapixel images (1 km per pixel) were used to create the above timelapse video of the phases of Gaia.

This requires nothing less than full screen and 1080p for the required effect.


Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Bejing International Airport, China

Biosphere 2 (artificial, materially-closed ecological system) Oracle, Arizona, USA

Burj Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The work of David Thomas Smith who sez:

Composited from 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.

Not only that:
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.


We’d really like to see Dublin.

Actually, forget that.

Thanks hXci