And while we’re on the subject of awesome aerial photos, check out the Daily Overview.
The project, founded by NYC-based Benjamin Grant, was inspired by 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.
Grant strives to give viewers that same feeling by showcasing thought-provoking aerials of places around the world where people have affected the landscape.
The images are beautiful and often astounding—and they really do make you think. A few of my favorite recent images include the Istanbul Shipyard…
…Kuala Lumpur’s palm tree plantations…
…California’s Roseville Yard…
…and Lollapalooza in Chicago.
Check out the Daily Overview’s site or follow them on Instagram for even more images.
(Images via the Daily Overview)
I stumbled across this Tumblr the other day, and I’m admittedly a bit obsessed with it. Run by the U.S. Department of the Interior, “America’s Great Outdoors” is just what it claims to be—gorgeous photos (and gifs!) of our national parks. (Also, how funny that such a boring-sounding government entity runs such a fabulous Tumblr!)
It’s true that I often overlook U.S. destinations when I plan my “big trips,” each year. But these photos are a reminder that there are tons of truly amazing places within our own 50 states.
Like Hawaii’s Haleakala National Park…
…Yosemite‘s El Capitan…
…Joshua Tree National Park (I’ve been wanting to do a Palm Springs/Joshua Tree trip for a few years now)…
…Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park…
…and the Grand Canyon—love how it looks when filled with clouds! (When I was there, it was breathtaking, but boy, I would have liked to have seen that!)
Conjures up some stateside wanderlust, huh?
(Images via America’s Great Outdoors)
Water tanks are such an integral part of the New York cityscape. If you look around most neighborhoods, you’ll see the structures perched atop many buildings.
This summer, the city’s tanks will be dressed up a bit. The Water Tank Project is wrapping the vessels in artwork from both renowned artists—like Maya Lin and Jeff Koons—and NYC public school children. Besides being a public art installation, it’s also a campaign to bring awareness to the global water shortage, via social media messaging and on-the-ground events.
I love the idea of using the city’s iconic water tanks as canvases, especially when it’s attached to a good cause.
The first water tower, by Laurie Simmons, has already gone up in Chelsea. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m hoping to, soon!
Previous water tank love, here and here.
(Image via the Water Tank Project)
While we’re on the topic of feel-good summer photos, here are a few others I came across, recently: George Steinmetz’s aerial photos of NYC.
He perfectly captures the lighting that is summer in the city—it’s that brilliant, golden haze that envelops the boroughs, then disappears all too quickly.
A few of my favorite shots:
Other amazing aerials, from previous posts: beaches and airports.
(Images by George Steinmetz; found via NPR)
Over the weekend, I came across a photo series that embodies much of what I love about summer: Krista Long’s photos of people being shot out of a water slide. The looks of surprise and excitement on everyone’s face are priceless!
Appropriately, the series is titled, I Love Summer. See all the images and check out her awesome diving board series, as well.
(Images by Krista Long; found via Laughing Squid)
I don’t particularly enjoy the in-flight experience, but I do have an affinity for airplanes. They are, after all, the vessels that can take us anywhere in the world.
I have a pretty bad case of wanderlust, at the moment, so I’m particularly loving Holding Pattern, a wonderful Tumblr that showcases awesome aerial views of airports. It’s a side project from Lauren O’Neill, a Brooklyn-based designer and art director.
As she describes it:
During layovers, I often find myself observing the activity on the runway and thinking that I’d love to see this from above. With a creative block on a project, I took to google mapping airports and was enamored by the beautiful satellite shots on my screen. Since then, wanderlust has often inspired me to get lost in the satellite imagery of various destinations even when I’m glued to my desk.
O’Neill seeks out and crops all the Holding Pattern images—and they’re stunning to behold:
(Images via Holding Pattern; found via Chris Guillebeau)
It hasn’t felt quite like summer, over the past few weeks. The weather has been cool, cloudy and rainy–more like early spring or fall. I’m hoping that the last few weeks of summer will heat up, so I can cram in as much beach time as possible.
But even if it stays this way, I can beach vicariously through Clark Little‘s amazing wave photos.
Little is a surfer-turned-photog who lives and mainly shoots on Oahu’s North Shore. He captures shorebreaks by jumping right in and getting under the waves. (I think it takes a surfer to have that much fearlessness and confidence in the ocean!) His resulting shots are pretty incredible:
Little has a new book out, the aptly title Shorebreak. It’s one that I’d love to have around my apartment year-round—especially during the chilly winter months when I’m dreaming of the beach!
(Images by Clark Little; I first learned of Little through my friend Tania, and of his new book via NPR)