EARTH FROM SPACE/DOWN TO EARTH


Earth from Space, Fisterra, End of the World, Spain

On the one hand, early photographs of planet Earth seen from space caused in many viewers a deep sense of our inherent interconnectedness. Suddenly we were all on the same tiny ship in a vast sea of what seemed like cold, dark voidness. On the other hand, viewing Earth from above may have a different effect, as Naomi Klein pointed out in a 2013 interview in Earth Island Journal:

"I think it’s sort of time to let go of the icon of the globe, because it places us above it and I think it has allowed us to see nature in this really abstracted way and sort of move pieces, like pieces on a chessboard, and really lose touch with the Earth. You know, it’s like the planet instead of the Earth."

I find this an interesting paradox...perhaps the image has the potential to both unify and abstract. What if we bring the blue marble down to Earth by placing it on the ground, in a tree, or on the horizon? Now our vantage point is back here on Earth, from which we are viewing images of our planet as seen from space.

These collages were made in three ways:

1. by printing/cutting out the blue marble and collaging it into a readymade image.

2. by taking a photograph of a cut-out paper blue marble placed in a physical environment.

3. by adding the blue marble to an image digitally.

I invite others to play on this idea. Please feel free to use the blue marble image I used (click the image below for a hi-res version), or choose another. Please tag #earthfromspace #downtoearth and alyceobvious on Instagram.

 

earth from space

earth collages in studio

earth in nebula

Brown Creek Sunset with Earth

earth from space coastal scene

evening earth with sailboat

Earth from Space Cornwall Coast

earth in pine

Lincoln Tunnel with Earth

 

Earth Heart Man