“This all began with an accident”, writes Benjamin Grant in the preface to his book entitled Daily Overview: a stunning and unique collection of satellite images of the Earth, derived from the wildly popular Daily Overview Instagram account.
In 2013, in preparation for a talk, he was to give at a space club meeting, Grant was looking for a satellite image of our planet. On typing out the word “earth” on an online mapping program, instead of the image he was searching for, what actually appeared was something quite different: an aerial view of countless disks divided up into a geometric grid. It was Earth, a small Texan town with its characteristic pivot irrigation fields (a particular irrigation system that rotates in a circular fashion) which, when viewed from above, regales colorful patterns of geometric shapes. He was at once amazed, intrigued and attracted by this image.