Poring over satellite imagery on Google Maps is a fascinating way to explore the earth's topography and chart man-made development (and it's also a fantastic time suck). If you like checking out cities from the sky, then you'll love Anthropocene, a new aerial photography series by David Thomas Smith. Focusing on the topics of globalization, the economy and industrialization, David Thomas Smith composites aerial photographs into amazing pieces that take cues from ancient weaving techniques and persian rugs. Although these images are based in reality, they show a kaleidoscopic fantasy of the world created by man.
Anthropocene is a term used to describe the era in which modern man has made an impact on the earth. While it’s not an official term in the field of geology, there’s no denying that we’ve put our big fat footprint on the planet. David Thomas Smith’s new exhibit by explores this impact from the lens of a kaleidoscopic satellite. The Dublin-based artist re-envisions parts of the earth by carefully arranging aerial images. He also takes lessons from Persian weavers and rug makers to create symmetrical images.
David Thomas Smith’s series focuses on areas affected by the global economy, industrialization, mining and other human activities. Anthropocene explores Las Vegas, the Beijing International Airport, the Mall of America, Silicon Valley, Dubai, Three Mile Island, Three Gorges Dam and beyond. It’s one thing to see these huge man-made sites, but it’s another to see them repeated in a dizzying array. Anthropocene is on display at The Copper House Gallery in Dublin through April 16th, and you can also purchase prints online.
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