Aerial Photography

In celebration of Garuda Indonesia joining SkyTeam, we feature the capital cities of some of dengan SkyTeam, our partner airlines with the world’s leading aerial photographer, Yann Arthus-Bertrand.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Born in 1946, Yann Arthus-Bertrand today considers himself an environmentalist and activist more than a photographer. His many projects have helped to reveal the state of the planet and the relationships between humankind and nature, focusing on environmental issues through aerial photography, and collaborating with Géo, National Geographic, Life, Paris Match, Figaro and many more. In 1991 he founded Altitude, the world’s first aerial photography agency, with a collection of 350,000 selected images taken in more than 100 countries.

Yann has always had a passion for the animal world and the natural environment. At the age of 20, he settled in central France and became the director of a nature reserve. When he was 30, he travelled to Kenya with his wife to carry out a three-year study on the behaviour of a family of lions in the Masai Mara reserve. He began using a camera to capture his observations and enhance the written reports they compiled.

While in Africa, he earned his living as a hot-air-balloon pilot, and so he discovered the Earth from above and the advantages of viewing what he was studying from afar to gain an overall picture of an area and its resources. He discovered his calling: to demonstrate the Earth’s beauty and show the impact of mankind on the planet. His first book, Lions, was born of this adventure in 1981 – he likes to call these lions his “first photography teachers”.

Wando Archipelago, South Korea

0340In this archipelago of over 200 islands south of the Korean peninsula, algae cultivation is the main activity. In the past, algae came solely from harvesting, but today algae for consumption are grown in large quantities. Some species are dried and sold in the form of leaves and are used to wrap sushi, and others are used in soups or sauces. Algae cultivation is considered a means of sustainable development since it requires clean water and does not destroy the marine environment in which the crops are grown. There is even research going on to produce algae fuel.

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States

0330Established in 1872, Yellowstone is the first and oldest national park in the world. Today it draws three million visitors a year. The park has the largest concentration of geothermal sites on Earth,

with more than 300 geysers, fumaroles and hot springs. The spectrum of colours, which gave Yellowstone its name, is due to the depth of the water and to the presence of microscopic algae on the edge of the bowl. The Grand Prismatic Spring, 112m in diameter, is the park’s largest thermal basin and the third largest in the world.

“While in Africa, he earned his living as a hot-air-balloon pilot, and so he discovered the Earth from above and the advantage of vewing what he was studying from afar…”

The whiteness of crystallised natron on the black volcanic shore of Lake Logipi makes a striking contrast with the blue-green algae proliferating in these alkaline salt waters. Seen from above, this part of the shore looks strangely like a giant oyster. The pearly dots surrounding it are the greater flamingos clustering over the places where fresh water is re-emerging. These wading birds come to eat in shallow water rich with algae and the small crustaceans that give them their characteristic colour.

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