Over: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point

Over: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point

by Alex MacLean
     
 

For more than 30 years, Alex MacLean’s aerial photographs have captured the evolution of the American landscape and the complex relationship between its natural and constructed environments that contribute to climate change. Over: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point is an ambitious and visually breathtaking catalogue of the extraordinary

Overview

For more than 30 years, Alex MacLean’s aerial photographs have captured the evolution of the American landscape and the complex relationship between its natural and constructed environments that contribute to climate change. Over: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point is an ambitious and visually breathtaking catalogue of the extraordinary patterns and profound physical consequences brought about by natural processes and human intervention.
 
 
The book allows readers to visualize climate change and our culture's excessive use of resources and energy, which account for our oversized carbon footprint. It demonstrates the extent to which the human ecosystem, and our economic and social well being, are dependant upon our wise use of land and its resources. Over is divided into sections covering such as Atmosphere; Way of Life; Automobile Dependency; Electricity Generation; Deserts; Water Use; Sea-Level Rise; Waste and Recycling; and Urbanism. MacLean’s powerful photographs and insightful text make it clear that maintenance of the current American lifestyle is incompatible with a planet of diminishing natural resources and a finite atmosphere. Over compels us all to reconsider our basic assumptions about how we live, work, and play, and reveals that, while the challenges we face today are not insurmountable, the future depends on our collective vision, passion, and commitment.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Photographer, pilot, and author MacLean has produced a book of aerial photography that gives the reader a bird's-eye view of the environmental impact of human development on urban and rural landscapes in the United States. The book includes a brief introduction (by environmental writer Bill McKibben) and commentary throughout by MacLean. Although the comments are useful, the photographs and the brief descriptions accompanying them stand alone just fine. Owing to the distant nature of aerial photography, the absence of the human figure creates from nearly all of the photographs a ghostly series of images that serve as harbingers of a world damaged by humans but devoid of life. From above, patterns of destruction emerge in views of factories emitting smog, roads cutting across barren deserts, tangled interstate highways, destructive farming practices, and absurd housing and construction practices. Highly recommended for public libraries.
—Valerie Nye

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810971455
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 13.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Alex MacLean is a photographer, pilot, and the co-author of seven books. He is the recipient of many grants and awards, including the American Academy of Rome Prix de Rome. He lives in Massachusetts. Bill McKibben is an environmentalist and the author of The End of Nature and Deep Economy. He lives in Vermont.

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