The Earth from the Air: 365 Days Hardcover – 22 Oct 2001
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand can be forgiven for looking down on the world when his latest global survey, The Earth from the Air, 365 Days bears such bold witness to the variety of our lives and our planet. More compact than the original The Earth from the Air, but somehow no less heavy, Arthus-Bertrand's glossy portrait-diary of privileged panoramas formalises the concept of looking at a single piece of art each day by arranging yet another stunning array of bird's-eye glimpses of the lives we lead, and the multitude we don't and never will. His now-recognisable preferences are much in evidence, such as a person or animal to give scale or reference to a shot (the relationship between man and beast greatly informs his more traditional portrait work, such as Dogs and Cats, local markets, primitive enclosures and dwellings, seaweed, water as transport, life-sustainer, destroyer and habitat and an irresistible attraction to the flamingo's brilliant hue. This time, even greater emphasis is placed on verbal context for each image, with a predominantly social commentary which acts as a moral tax on the visual delights. Oceans are overfished, rainforests destroyed, but Nature can play as malevolent a role, through hurricanes, or volcanoes, which feature prominently both as beautiful perils or as forces of geological shape. Indeed, perhaps the most beautiful photographs reveal tortured, sinewy geological formation, showing how much our world is formed by the fragile strength of its own internal forces and resources as much as humankind deforms it. Images stick in the mind: mangrove clearings in New Caledonia in the shape of a heart; stilt houses on the Orinoco Delta in Venezuela--literally Little Venice; an abandoned town near Chernobyl. Some exist aesthetically, some metaphorically, while others provoke, but almost without exception, they draw in the browser to contemplative delight. Textured works of art, daily balm for the vertiginous, The Earth from the Air, 365 Days is manna from heaven, and sure beats the Pirelli calendar --David Vincent
'Amazing' - The Sunday Times 'A picture book on an altogether higher plane' - The Sunday Telegraph 'Little short of sensational' - Amateur Photographer 'A phantasmagoric revelation of the shifting patterns of colour, form and human activity that adorn which planet' - The Independent 'Stunning' - The Irish Times 'The most comprehensive book of aerial photography ever published' - Scotland on Sunday --Scotland on SundaySee all Product Description
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
The pictures are obviously why people buy this book and they certainly impress - they range from the famous (Venice) to eye-opening (The Hiroshima memorial building) to the whimsical (tyre tracks on an airport runway)! Every picture is wonderful and even if one does not appeal there are 365 other pictures to drink in. A nice feature is that the Lat/Long of each picture is shown so the very adventurous can go and see the locations for themselves!
All in all, a brilliant book to leave lying around and to sample whenever you have a spare five minutes. Drink in the wonderful pictures and then fantasise about visiting the locations in person. Brilliant.
Best of all, it's not just showy natural phenomena that catch the cameraman's eye - a lattice of working-class housing in Belfast or the scarred and crazed surface of a highway in Kentucky carry just as much interest. The only low point is the occasionally sanctimonious tone of the accompanying text, which invariably switches halfway through each description from telling you what you're seeing to a jeremiad against human beings and how we're wrecking everything. I could have done with more detailed explanations of the images. But you don't have to read the words: just look.
My only criticism is that is deserved a larger format to do justice to it... but that would have moved it outof my price range!
If, like me, you're the sort of person who requests a window seat on aeroplanes in the hope of a glimpse through the cloud of the land beneath then this is a book you simply must have - don't wait til Christmas!
A wonderful book for either the coffee table, or if like me you don't have a coffee table, it will live a happy life in the bathroom!
Stunning photography, one can imagine that some of the scenes were especially staged for the shot (obviously not!), and some of the shots are so bizarre that one has to double-take to make sure one is seeing right.
I think a previous revieqwer missed the point, it's about images, not well-known places. The author's eye for beauty and form can even find it in rubbish, pollution and slums, very often it is the angle of the light which transforms the picture from an ordinary shot, into something startling, as in the evening view of Haghia Sofia in Istanbul, with the rest of the city in shadow - just awesome!
The text is opposite the photo - so you are not constantly having to refer to an appendix - with an apposite quote to help you appreciate the beauty (or not) of the composition.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bertrand did a great job for the next generations. I love having this book in my home's libraryPublished 19 days ago by Frank Francisco
Continue to love the pictures in this book - really fascinating and from a wide range of places. The daily commentaries are good.Published on 18 Jan. 2014 by Starling
This was purchased as a present - so I have not seen it. But the couple whose anniversary it was, were really delighted. Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2013 by Ca Rider
A fantastic book, high quality, unusual photos throughout. We bought it as a gift for a person in Italy we were staying with and he was so impressed he decided to visit Britain! Read morePublished on 8 July 2013 by Bennets Bridge