Sunday, 1 January 2006

The Earth From Above Orchard Road

The other day, I was walking along Orchard Road in Singapore, and I saw this:

No not the kids, silly, the PICTURES!

Anyway, that's an open-air exhibition of over 200 aerial photos. By Yann-Arthus Bertrand entitled Earth From Above, and it's a pretty cool one, and very memorable too.

It features amazing pictures of great scenes, and highlights different environmental and social issues all over the world. Cities, forests, deserts and others, the whole series of pictures are beautiful, and some are just amazing.

I first saw this exhibition three years ago in Warsaw (also in an open-air park), so I was mildly amused to see a billboard at the Singapore exhibit proudly proclaiming something like, 'THIS exhibition is the result of three years of hard work by Yann-Arthus Bertrand, and is his proud contribution to the arts and culture community of Singapore."

Yeah right, as if he took those photos FOR the Singapore exhibition.

Oh never mind me, I'm just being petty.

Anyway, I remember the pictures very well, because they ARE pretty good. Take for example, the one of the Tank Graveyard in Kuwait above, or the White Horse of Uffington in England (which was also featured in Terry Pratchett's A Hat Full of Sky), among others.

Even Malaysia has its own picture, an aerial shot of an oil palm plantation. Strangely enough, that picture was not included in the exhibition in Singapore. I wonder why... jeles ah, because Singapore don't have a picture of their own in it? Maybe they should get a shot of those nifty HDB flats...

Anyway, do head on over to the guy's website HERE, to check out the pictures, and even download them as wallpaper. All the pictures here were taken from that site, BTW.

Oh, and before I forget, Happy New Year! Regular blog transmission will resume on Monday.

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