Aerial Photographs Showing Patterns and Repetition

Alex MacLean is a Massachusetts-based photographer and pilot who uses his dual interests to create epic aerial photographs.

Alex MacLean has flown his plane over much of the United States documenting the landscape. Trained as an architect, he has portrayed the history and evolution of the land from vast agricultural patterns to city grids, recording changes brought about by human intervention and natural processes. His powerful and descriptive images provide clues to understanding the relationship between the natural and constructed environments.

You can find more of his amazing work over on his website.

(via WebUrbanist)

Image credits: Photographs by Alex MacLean and used with permission

  • Viral Videos

    Very nice

  • sheckie

    The 4th one I can’t make out and the 5th one looks like someones Farmville.

  • Joey Duncan

    Nothing on his website seems “artistic” including the concept. Case in point: Google maps.

    Once again to me, this person doesn’t deserve attention of a media site. 

  • Troy Holden

    Check out Chris Saulit from the San Francisco Bay Area here: He’s not only a great pilot, but a great photographer as well. 

  • Iam12whatsthat

    Dear Joey,

    Lighten up.You sound awfully bitter.

  • Guest

    Consume. Consume. Consume. Consume. Consume. Consume. Consume. Consume. Consume.

    Consume more. Consume more. Consume more.
    Consume more. Consume more. Consume more.

    Brave New World.

  • OSAM

    Uh, what?

  • Jackson Cheese

    Ok Joey, then let’s see your own aerial photography work so we can judge too.

  • ChristianRudman

     Looks like tour buses or public transit buses of some kind.

  • Mark Fogarty

     According to Alex’s website it is… Sugar Cane Equipment between Harvests – Belle Glade, Florida.

    And he’s got some other great photos of the B52 bone yard in Tucson, Arizona.

  • Karkuk14

    That was exactly my feeling! Right on. Actually I started reading the book weeks ago.
    But the pictures and project is beautiful and insightful.

  • Joey Duncan

    Once again, what does my work have anything to do with “judging” other people. If you sell your photos, are they sold to other photographers, or anybody who wants them? Conclusion is that judgment is allowed by all parties. I have not a problem with him doing it, but It’s of my opinion that too much people applaud people for anything and very few step up and say anything. 

    Apologize if I came across harsh. It was not my intention. 

  • Aaron David Cole

    The one of the houses reminds me of the “nuclear family” adverts of the 50’s. Something they would go for.

  • ShutterSteve

    Can’t get enough of the ‘airplane graveyard’ shots, top of my to-do list for sure!

  • PaulJay

    Your taxes at work. Sitting on the ground.