Spectacular Shots from the Sky (20 photos)

While studying architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, Alex MacLean took a course on community planning that would ultimately change the course of his destiny. As part of the program, he became exposed to aerial photography and a few years after he graduated, he obtained his commercial pilot license. Shooting through an airplane window, MacLean found mesmerizing patterns, bringing to light order and chaos in ways we could only imagine.

More than anything, MacLean's photos record change that's not just brought on by nature but, more interestingly, by human intervention. Houses, airplanes and people appear miniature in size and parking lots feel cold and empty or uncomfortably cramped.

Besides being a photographer and pilot, MacLean is the co-author of several books including Over: The American Landscape At The Tipping Point, a visually stunning catalog of the extraordinary patterns and profound physical consequences brought about by humans and nature.

Alex MacLean's website

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Comment by teetiger on April 29, 2011 at 9:34am
Stunning photographs!
Comment by Alisha on March 23, 2011 at 2:46am
love them all
Comment by Sarah Haddad on March 22, 2011 at 11:14am
Very interesting point of view !
Comment by David Gregory on March 22, 2011 at 8:45am
These pics are humbling. Wow!
Comment by Surialism on March 22, 2011 at 7:11am
Spectacular indeed!
Comment by sAm on March 21, 2011 at 2:24pm
Comment by Alyssa Anda on March 21, 2011 at 12:14pm
The pictures are perfect for a Where's Waldo book! haha

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