Perspective Is Everything
Nature has provided man with artistic inspiration from the first cave paintings to the most contemporary abstractions.
Canadian astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield is daily assembling his own gallery of artistic inspirations, armed with a camera in his seat aboard the International Space Station. Col. Hadfield’s Tumblr and Twitter feed are a simply stunning collection of Earth as art, and I highly recommend losing yourself in them for as long as you can. Very few people will ever get to see Earth from that perspective, but I was curious how scenes of Earth from orbit might overlap with terrestrial art. Are these a sign of inspirations yet to come, as we gain more appreciation for our planet from above it?
- Boston at night vs. bursting fireworks
- Dripping reds and blues of the Australian outback vs. Reflections by my friend Kiah Denson
- The Etosha Pan of Africa vs. Jackson Pollock’s Gothic 1944
I doubt we’ll ever replicate the full splendor of nature in any medium. Even the most talented human hands still make little more than drugstore postcards attempting to capture the true beauty of a salty seaside sunset. But perhaps by altering our perspective on that which we are trying to capture, we can come ever closer.