Friday Photo – Aerial Edition

Good aerial photos can be hard to come by. They’re often obstructed by wings or clouds or Instagram. Sure there’s satellite imagery, but I’m talking about deliberately framed photos, that give you a sense of place.

Aerial - Mississippi river

That’s why I found these photos by Lucie Maru particularly striking. They offer a rare glimpse of the city from a point of view that’s close enough to recognize large landmarks, yet distant enough to get a good sense of their larger spatial relationships. Take a look at the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood:

Aerial Minnesota highway 94 and 35W

Really drives home the way it was islanded by highways. And South Minneapolis:

Aerial of Minneapolis Minnesota - looking north towards town up Highway 35W

There’s a tidiness to the landscape at this distance. The number of cars on 35W seems appropriate for its berth. Everything’s running smoothly in our green, leafy city. Maybe freeways look their best from this distance because this was the scale on which they were conceived. Maybe being a person on the freeway is like looking at someone’s face with a microscope, and seeing every oozing pore.

On that note, stay tuned in 2 weeks for a nitty gritty Friday Photo featuring an excerpt from an essay entitled “Commuters”.

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One Response to Friday Photo – Aerial Edition

  1. Aubrie Eisenhart
    Aubrie September 27, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    “Maybe freeways look their best from this distance because this was the scale on which they were conceived.”

    I never thought of this yet, it makes sense. Thanks for the great insight!

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