In 2013, author Benjamin Grant started running the DailyOverview Instagram account, which now has more than 500,000 followers. In partnership with DigitalGlobe, a Colorado-based satellite imaging company that supplies content for the likes of Google and Facebook, Grant began compiling and often stitching multiple images together to provide these new and always stunning perspectives of earth from above. Some views are of natural expanses without a human in sight; others are of the symmetry and crowding of an urban area. All of them have a way of making you feel small.
Now, Grant has released a book, Overview, of these high definition satellite photographs with scenes ranging from Qinhuangdao Coal Terminal in China to the Rio Madre in the rainforests of Peru. Here, a preview of the nearly 300-page, hardcover beauty.
Photo:Dendritic drainage systems are seen around the Shadegan Lagoon by Musa Bay in Iran. The word ‘dendritic’ refers to the pools’ resemblance to the branches of a tree, and this pattern develops when streams move across relatively flat and uniform rocks, or over a surface that resists erosion.
Reprinted with permission from Overview by Benjamin Grant, copyright (c) 2016. Published by Amphoto Books, a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. Images (c) 2016 by DigitalGlobe, Inc.