from above

December 30, 2020

Land from above looks like an enormous tapestry or an intricate slab of onyx or marble. This aerial view of chili crops in the Umerkot District of Pakistan’s Sindh province looks like terrazzo. Georg Gerster was one of our best known air photographers, and so many of his images of lakes, quarries and lentil fields from above make me think of textiles. I imagine the world swathed in fabric. This photograph looks just like a piece of handwoven Kuba cloth. Perspective; it’s transformative. “Height provides an overview, and an overview facilitates incite, while incite generates consideration –– perhaps.”

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