There exists a website called The Daily Overview, and it is a treasure trove of images of our planet, shot from lofty aerial perspectives. It will no doubt bring to you a fresh look into otherwise mundane spaces and places we take for granted. The Daily Overview actually explores the phenomenon known as the ‘overview effect’, which is usually experienced by space-bound people like astronauts. It is a perceptive change in the awareness that happens during flight in space. Typically, this effect occurs when the astronaut or space traveller sees the view of Earth from orbit or the moon’s surface.
The majority of astronauts say that the effect elicits euphoria and modifies their ideas of general earthly issues. They become increasingly aware of the earth’s fragility and its vulnerable nature. Former worries and anxieties disappear, as they are replaced by an overwhelming need to protect the planet. The Daily Overview website hopes to capture and share that mothering feeling that engulfs most space bound travellers.
The creator of the website, Mr. Benjamin recently elaborated on the goals of the project. “Our project was inspired, and derives its name, from an idea known as the Overview Effect….From our line of sight on the Earth’s surface, it’s impossible to fully appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the things we’ve constructed, or the devastating impact that we’ve had on our planet.” Benjamin and his associates share images on The Daily Overview to underscore the impact we have had on our planet.
“We work with Digital Globe’s database of satellite imagery and then add an artistic orientation to bring out the mesmerising aesthetic that this perspective provides. Each Overview ultimately starts with a thought experiment. We consider the places where man has left his mark on the planet and then conduct the necessary research to identify locations (and the corresponding geo-coordinates) to convey that idea.”
While The Daily Overview surely has noble pursuits, it has not gotten too caught-up with its goals, evident as it shares the beauty of its images. They recently put together a print shop to make available large-scale prints of some of its work which can be bought online. There are also plans in the pipeline to publish a photography book. Hopefully such a book aims “to help the audience see the bigger picture. I’m excited to see where we will take it!,” says Benjamin.
See and experience the ‘overview effect’, on the Daily Overview here.