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“The Overview Effect, first described by author Frank White in 1987, is an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of Earth and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment. ‘Overview’ is a short film that explores this phenomenon through interviews with astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect and features important commentary on the wider implications of this understanding for our society and our relationship to the environment.”
“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 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.”
Check out The Photo Society. You’ll get lost in fantastic photography by top photographers. Who are they?
“We are a group of contributing photographers for National Geographic Magazine, committed to telling the world’s stories through pictures.”
“Explaining the diversity of this group is the easiest way to answer the question, “How do I become a National Geographic photographer?” I usually answer this question by saying: ‘It is not easy or glamorous (see Reality Check). And this is not where you begin your career. You are competing with world-class documentary photographers and within that genre there are men and women who are the absolute best at their specialty. There are a number of specialists — underwater photographers with different skills — one works in very deep water; a couple photograph at all depths and temperatures; one dives in caves, another holds his breath under whales; and then there is a guy who just works in puddles. One photographer travels all over the world to strap a big fan on his back to shoot aerials. There is a bug guy, an archeology specialist, and a number of folks that photograph critters. There are climbers, conflict photographers, portrait photographers and landscape specialists.’ Then I usually end with how amazed I am that I can survive in this crowd as a generalist… in such esteemed company.” – Randy Olson
Find out who they are here.
Visit The Photo Society here.
Plus, find out the top hazards of being a National Geographic Photographer.
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Every project is the independent creation of someone like you. Projects are big and small, serious and whimsical, traditional and experimental. They’re inspiring, entertaining and unbelievably diverse.
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“NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 700,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library’s vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.”
“Hubble Site contains a gallery of images harvested from the famous telescope for over 20 years. Images are free to download in a variety of sizes. You’ll also find out how color is added to each of the images, which are originally captured in black and white.”
Tag Galaxy offers an interactive way to search Flickr visually.
1 Type a tag and a galaxy of related tags will appear as orbiting planets.
2 Click on a planet and images will be assembled in an interactive orb.
3 Click on an image to see the whole image with title.
4 Click again on the image to learn detailed information about it.
5 Click Flickr Page to go to the source file and see comments and more.
Visually find images on Flickr and connections between them with Tag Galaxy.
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See my Namibia and Antarctica galleries on Flickr here.
Stay tuned for more.
How many people were born today?
How many people died?
What’s the world population? (It’s climbing at faster than a person a second.)
How many species have become extinct so far this year? (22,212 and counting.)
How many days to the end of gas or coal?
How much is spent on health, education, and military? (It’s in that order.)
How much food and water was consumed?
Find these answers and more here.