Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s mission was to create a photographic record of the natural world at the start of a new millennium. The collection of 160 images takes viewers off the ground and into the air to witness a bird’s-eye view of the extraordinary patterns and colours created in landscapes all over the world. Some are the result of human activity – farming, industry or habitation. Others are entirely sculpted by nature itself. None of these images could be seen or even imagined if you were standing on the ground.
I got a chance to see one incarnation of this (outdoor) exhibit while I was living in Amsterdam. It was put on display outside the “Stopera” (combination city hall/opera house), and I wandered through many times. More pics can be seen at Bertrand’s website, and they are informative as well as awe-inspiring.