Over: The American Landscape at the Tipping Point (Anglais) Relié – 1 octobre 2008
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L'auteur parviens à nous donner une idée de ce que pourrais devenir l'Europe en suivant l'"exemple américain".
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Very highly recommend it.
Each of the nine chapters (Atmosphere, Way of life, Automobile dependency, Electricity generation, Deserts, Water use, Sea-level rise, Waste and recycling and lastly Urbanism) starts on a spread with a short essay by MacLean and a US map showing the photo locations.
Many of the photos focus on the southwest states because it is here that the greatest population migration is taking place, land aplenty and cheap but unfortunately the whole area has a declining water table because of demand and made even more problematical with agriculture using nearly two thirds of what is available. There are some great photos showing communities in the desert stretching off into the distance, who's going to build apartment blocks when there is plenty of land for individual houses? This sprawl, of course, means that energy, water systems and roads are a drain on local government finances and everyone has to have a car.
As in all his books MacLean presents the perfect image, pin-sharp and full of detail but with Over there is more because the book is beautifully designed and printed (with a 175 screen) on quality paper. I was particularly impressed with the binding, at least half of the photos are two pages wide (almost eighteen inches) and they all line up across the gutter.
'Over' is one of those books you can open at any page and be grabbed by what you see. The look of the land was never more seductive.
***SEE SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking 'customer images' under the cover.
Transcending usual limits of geography and scale, he rises above and captures in rich detail those scenes we only catch brief unsatisfying glimpses of during our own infrequent takeoffs and landings from commercial airspace. With nothing more than a ‘click,’ he makes all of those abstractions and subjective arguments fade away into beautifully composed, sometimes frightening, always arresting images of our American landscape.
When architect Alex MacLean started photographing the American landscape with a plane’s yoke in one hand and a telephoto lens in the other more than 20 years ago, it kicked off an aerial exploration that would carry him across the country. Through the years, he’s flown over much of the United States, from coast to coast, freezing the American landscape in time.
Early on in his work, the tone of his commentary was cautious at times, leaving the reader or viewer to draw their own conclusions about the wisdom of things like subdivided tract homes and swimming pools far from town in a vast western desert. In retrospect, this was perhaps a fitting tone for an explorer currently on the journey, before he’s seen enough to render his own verdict.
Now, after several decades of seeing and learning about all of the best and worst that America has to offer, MacLean seems confident in the conclusions he asserts about the wisdom and sustainability of the way we live with our land. Confident in his belief that we have truly reached a tipping point, he gives us compelling visual aids to, in the words of his publisher, “reconsider our basic assumptions about how we live, work, and play…” and the ramifications that our choices in the built environment have on nature — and on ourselves.
While he draws conclusions, they are not solely based on subjective visual judgments. The captions and commentary in the book are enhanced with meticulous research that fills even the simplest of photo descriptions with vital information to help illustrate the interconnectedness of our living and artificial systems.
In a departure from some other similar books, each section of images are wrapped around a topic and a brief essay by the photographer. Individual images on topics like auto-dependency, atmosphere, urbanism, and electricity generation — when considered with the whole, become undeniably interrelated.
The power in a book like OVER still lies primarily in the simple ability to examine closely that which we cannot easily observe from the ground. At its essence, this beautiful new book of photographs from MacLean is an examination of the spaces where our natural ecosystems meet the man-made ones. You can decide for yourself whether that intersection is beautiful, frightening, or a surreal combination of the two that might hopefully prompt us all into action.
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