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Arthus-Bertrand in Helsinki

Yann Arthus-Bertrand over Helsinki - photo from Helsingin Sanomat

I've been really enjoying browsing through some fantastic aerial photos by celebrated French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. He has an extensive summer exhibition, Earth From Above, in Helsinki, including a World Map spread out in Kamppi Square. One of many currently on display in Europe and beyond, the exhibition contains 120 large aerial images of different corners of the world. Upwards of 50 million people have seen it before it reached Helsinki. Arthus-Bertrand is also captured in action (above photo) as he took the opportunity to fly over Helsinki for more aerial photos.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand's website Earth from Above shows over 200 photos out of 300,000 taken in over 150 countries! You can select which country to view, such as his native France ( wow, I did not know France looked like that! ). There are a only a few (yet!) of Finland and Canada. And there are even more of his projects and working methods to view at his very extensive website, so do go and enjoy!

Heart in Voh, New Caledonia - Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Marja-Leena | 22/06/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric, Photography


so, those are all natural formations? How cool is that!???

Yes, I love those - makes me want to get into a small plane & fly over areas like that! They'd be great subjects for printmaking, don't you think, Elise?

We were stunned when we happened upon Yann Arthus-Bertrand's outdoor exhibition of large-scale photos a year or two ago in Montreal. the map was also amazing - you can walk on it and stand on your home and "walk" to some other destination on earth, which many people were doing. There's a definite political/environmental sensibility to these photos, too, as well as a great appreciation for the diversity and beauty of the earth and its cultures. I went back many times and wished everyone could see these images...

How fortunate to see those photos and the map! I wonder if there's any chance it would ever be in Vanocuver, considering how many places in the world they have travelled?