Author: Terry Virts
Publisher: National Geographic Books
This majestic National Geographic photography book offers a spectacular view of Earth from outer space, featuring aerial imagery taken from the International Space Station by NASA astronaut Terry Virts. Few people get the experience of seeing the world from outer space-and no one has taken as many pictures of Earth from above as Terry Virts. Celebrated NASA astronaut, pilot of the space shuttle, crew member on Soyuz, and commander of the International Space Station, Virts has spent more than 200 days in space-and very few of those days went by without his reaching for his camera. Now as never before, Virts shares the astronaut's view of the world, offering astounding aerial views of our planet and the vastness that surrounds it. The colors, shapes, details-and the stories they tell-are endlessly fascinating. Virts's book marries his stunning photographs with glimpses of everyday life in orbit. And amid this amazing show of Earth spectacles, he reflects on how the astronaut's point of view has shaped his life and spirit. Filled with magnificent photographs that will astonish and inspire, this book-and its intrepid author-becomes our guide to a new way of looking at the world.
Author: Jeanne Haffner
Publisher: MIT Press
The role of aerial photography in the evolution of the concept of social space"and its impact on French urban planning in the mid-twentieth century. In mid-twentieth century France, the term "social space" ( l'espace social)--the idea that spatial form and social life are inextricably linked--emerged in a variety of social science disciplines. Taken up by the French New Left, it also came to inform the practice of urban planning. In The View from Above, Jeanne Haffner traces the evolution of the science of social space from the interwar period to the 1970s, illuminating in particular the role of aerial photography in this new way of conceptualizing socio-spatial relations. As early as the 1930s, the view from above served for Marcel Griaule and other anthropologists as a means of connecting the social and the spatial. Just a few decades later, the Marxist urban sociologist Henri Lefebvre called the perspective enabled by aerial photography--a technique closely associated with the French colonial state and military--"the space of state control." Lefebvre and others nevertheless used the notion of social space to recast the problem of massive modernist housing projects (grands ensembles) to encompass the modern suburb (banlieue) itself--a critique that has contemporary resonance in light of the banlieue riots of 2005 and 2007. Haffner shows how such "views" permitted new ways of conceptualizing the old problem of housing to emerge. She also points to broader issues, including the influence of the colonies on the metropole, the application of sociological expertise to the study of the built environment, and the development of a spatially oriented critique of capitalism.
Author: Innocent Mwatsikesimbe
Publisher: Innocent Mwatsikesimbe
Inspiration to Rise Above Your Problems Encouraging one to maintain a higher view on life’s problems and life itself, this collection of 18 poems not only evokes emotions, but it inspires, teaches and motivates. The poems were inspired by problems that the author faced in his life. During dark times in life, there is a light that comes from maintaining focus on the bigger picture; the view from above. Maintaining a positive attitude plays an important part in overcoming problems, and these poems induce positivity. Some poems demonstrate how to turn life’s negatives into positives and how to build your life up according to your plans, no matter what comes your way. Some of the poems offer encouragement and build your self-confidence and endurance. This book also gives an inspirational definition of a problem. A problem can be solved. If it’s something that you can’t solve, then it is not a problem, but a fact of life that you need to embrace.
Author: Charles Feil
Acclaimed photographer Chuck Feil pays tribute to New England with his stunning and unusual From Above series. He carries us over the states, presenting often familiar sights from a perspective most of us have not experienced. Landmarks as mundane as a granite quarry or lumber mill take on a beauty all their own when viewed through Feil's lenses.
Author: Richard Woldendorp
Publisher: Fremantle Press
Abstract Earth will be released to coincide with a long-overdue retrospective exhibition of one of Australia's foremost landscape photographers, Richard Woldendorp. It showcases over 27 years' of Woldendorp's best aerial photographs. Woldendorp captures the vastness of the Australian outback, our distinctive coastlines and our man made landscapes in a way that combines both realism and precision with the power of large-scale abstract paintings.
Author: Dennis Horgan
People usually get an aerial view of Cork flying to or from Cork Airport. But the view is short-lived and the close-up of the landscape disappears quickly. So aerial photographs can be absorbing as they appear to give a similar three dimensional aerial view. Dennis Horgan has flown extensively over Cork city and county and taken some spectacular photographs of the county's best scenery and various other man-made features to provide some unique imagery. From the ruggedness of West Cork to the fertile lowlands of East Cork, this collection showcases the beauty of the landscape from a rarely seen and often unusual perspective. So take a tour of Cork's varied landscape of coastline and mountain, rivers and lakes, ancient monastic sites and its colourful, vibrant city and towns.
Author: David Christian
Publisher: Little, Brown
"I have long been a fan of David Christian. In Origin Story, he elegantly weaves evidence and insights from many scientific and historical disciplines into a single, accessible historical narrative." --Bill Gates A captivating history of the universe -- from before the dawn of time through the far reaches of the distant future. Most historians study the smallest slivers of time, emphasizing specific dates, individuals, and documents. But what would it look like to study the whole of history, from the big bang through the present day -- and even into the remote future? How would looking at the full span of time change the way we perceive the universe, the earth, and our very existence? These were the questions David Christian set out to answer when he created the field of "Big History," the most exciting new approach to understanding where we have been, where we are, and where we are going. In Origin Story, Christian takes readers on a wild ride through the entire 13.8 billion years we've come to know as "history." By focusing on defining events (thresholds), major trends, and profound questions about our origins, Christian exposes the hidden threads that tie everything together -- from the creation of the planet to the advent of agriculture, nuclear war, and beyond. With stunning insights into the origin of the universe, the beginning of life, the emergence of humans, and what the future might bring, Origin Story boldly reframes our place in the cosmos.
Author: Mark Dorrian, Frédéric Pousin
From sixteenth-century Roman maps, to the Luftwaffe’s aerial survey of Warsaw, the London Eye to Google Earth, visual culture is saturated with aerial imagery. The aerial view - the image of everywhere- has become natural, desirable, omnipresent, yet its rise to pre-eminence as a ‘way of seeing’ raises pressing questions about its effects and meanings that have not yet been explored. More immediately than any other visual modality, aerial imagery gives us- and supports our idea of- a totalising overview, a world-view, and thus in turn requires that its implications be explored as the ‘symbolic form’ of the global era. However this ‘view of the world’ keeps undergoing transformations as technologies continue to be invented and refined. Underpinned by a cross-disciplinary approach that draws together diverse and previously isolated material, this text examines the politics and poetics of the aerial view in relation to architecture, art, film, literature, photography and urbanism, and explores its role in areas such as aesthetics and epistemology. Using examples of specific cultural moments to elucidate the wider theory, this is the only book to provide a cultural history of the aerial imagination and its centrality to visual culture.
Author: Dennis Horgan
These images showcase the beauty and heritage of Dublin, its man-made and natural features, from a rarely seen and often unusual perspective.
Author: George Steinmetz
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Aerial photographer George Steinmetz captures New York City's vast, dramatic, manmade landscapes. Included are photographs of iconic places such as Central Park and Times Square, new landmarks like the High Line, and historic buildings, streets, beaches, and rooftops.
Author: Brian Stewart, Brian Stewart, RBI
Publisher: Whitaker Distribution
The young daughter of a submarine captain runs away to San Francisco where the only work she can find is in adult films. When her father goes in search of her, he finds himself hopelessly trapped in the world of pornography where he is blackmailed into giving the diabolical Santero a nuclear missile, which he inends to launch at the city and its inhabitants.
Author: Julie Ault, Daniel Birnbaum, Russell Ferguson, Dominic Molon, Lane Relyea, Mark Wigley
Publisher: Yale University Press
Few artists have changed the manner in which photographic images are made, read, and received over the past two decades as dramatically as German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans (b. 1968). One of the most important and distinctive artists to emerge in the 1990s, Tillmans’s work is internationally recognized for its powerful reflections on the often overlooked objects and moments in everyday life. With images culled from the entirety of Tillmans’s career, this generously illustrated book accompanies the artist’s first retrospective exhibition in the United States and features the potent effects of his portraits, abstractions, and structural and sculptural motifs. Essays by leading scholars examine the context of the German art and pop cultural scene in which Tillmans first began working in the late 1980s; his use of magazines as both venue and source materials; his unique approach to portraiture; his ability to create a sense of intimacy between the viewer and subjects ranging from his friends to cultural figures and heads of state; and his distinctive approach to presenting his images in displays and installations. A fascinating look at the breadth of Tillmans’s career to date, including his most recent new work, this book demonstrates the renowned abilities of one of the art world’s most revolutionary photographers.
Author: Rob Huebert
This book examines the possibilities for the use of satellite imagery in support of UN peacekeeping operations, and also to protect the national security of Canada. Experts in the field discuss the needs of peacekeeping operations, the requirements for the use of such imagery and the capabilities for providing it. The organizational, political and other issues which arise from the use of such imagery are also given careful consideration.