Scale is one of the hardest things to capture in a photograph and, perhaps for this reason, is often hard for human brains to grasp. Though the planet we live on is increasingly crowded, interfered with and damaged, there remain vast landscapes that most of us will never visit, perhaps never even see images of. It can be hard to appreciate the sheer variety of planet Earth, but aerial photography in particular can help.
Peter Wilson's book Earth is a collection of such photography. Taken during three helicopter trips, which together encompassed a journey of 122,500 kilometres and saw Peter fly over 86 countries, the book encompasses an extraordinary range of landscapes, from the lush plains of the Okavango delta and the red sand dunes of Namibia to the frozen wilderness of Greenland and the lagoons of Venezuela. While several of these images depict the world’s last untouched landscapes, many also reveal man’s impact on the land, be it the soaring skyscrapers of our cities or the scars left behind by gold miners in Guyana or road-builders in Bolivia. The result is a collection of extraordinary beauty, but also an alarming one. Peter finishes the book with a set of messages for ‘planetary caretakers’, which is, of course, all of us. His hope is that by sharing images of the planet he can help inspire us to save it.
An ideal book to grace any coffee table, Earth offers a rare opportunity to look down on our home, marvel at is splendour and feel inspired to protect it.
Earth is available to order now, with all profits to charity.