The world looks different when seen from above. During spaceflight, astronauts and cosmonauts have reported a cognitive shift in awareness while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface, this is known as the “Overview Effect“.
Benjamin Grant is a satellite photographer residing in New York City who offer a new way to look at the landscape that we have shaped. His images of industry, agriculture, architecture, and nature highlight incredible patterns while also revealing a deeper story about human impact. This extraordinary photographic journey around our planet captures the sense of wonder gained from a new, aerial vantage point and creates a perspective of Earth as it has never been seen before.
Satellite photographs, with each photos, he aims to not only inspire a fresh perspective of our planet but also encourage a new understanding of what human impact looks like. Grant graduated from Yale University, where he studied world history, art history.
Look at these stunning satellite photos created by Benjamin Grant. You can also follow him On Instagram page @dailyoverview.
1. Valparaíso, ChileThe city is built upon dozens of steep hillsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Known as “The Jewel of the Pacific,” Valparaíso is the sixth largest city in the county and is home to approximately 285,000 residents.
2. Namibia, Southern AfricaHere’s one that captures the natural beauty of Sossusvlei — a salt and clay pan located on the edge of the Namib Desert in Namibia.
3. Palmanova, ItalyThe town of Palmanova, Italy is recognized by its concentric layout known as a star fort. The rationale for this construction was that an attack on any individual wall could be defended from the two adjacent star points by shooting the enemy from behind. The three rings that surround Palmanova were completed in 1593, 1690, and 1813.
4. Victorville, CaliforniaThe Southern California Logistics Airport in Victorville, California contains an aircraft boneyard with more than 150 retired planes. Because the demand for jumbo jets has dropped significantly in the last two decades in favor of smaller, more affordable twin‑engine planes, many large aircrafts such as Boeing 747s have been retired. The dry conditions in Victorville – located on the edge of the Mojave Desert – limits the corrosion of metal, meaning planes can be stored here for years while they are stripped for spare parts.
One captures Los Caracoles Pass, or The Snails Pass —a twisting mountain road located in the Andes Mountains on the Chilean side of the border with Argentina. The path climbs to an elevation of 10,419 feet, has no roadside safety barriers, and is frequented by large trucks.