Is Google Earth Art The Next Wave Of Travel Photography?

Published April 15, 2015
Updated January 19, 2018

Using the world as your digital canvas is no easy feat, but Argentina-based photographer and artist Federico Winer is doing just that. Winer studied at the Argentina School of Photography in the 1990s before pursuing an academic career as professor of philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires.

Within the last couple of years he has refocused on his love of photography and composition, and his latest work “ULTRADISTANCIA” has been featured around the web and through international media outlets including the Huffington Post, Design Boom Magazine, and The Creators Project. For the basis of his project, Winer utilizes the unique, colorful, and often mesmerizing geometrical patterns of the Earth he discovers when taking what he calls “long trips” through Google Earth.

Turning boredom into an art, Winer scrolls and browses through satellite shots of major landmarks, neighborhoods, vast fields, and busy travel routes until he sees a composition that piques his visual interest. After finding the desired location image, Winer begins the manipulation, adjusting the illumination and color until the view is distorted into his exact vision.

Says Winer of his process: “Common landmarks resemble paintings and topography explodes in rare colors. We’ve known for a long time that what we see is not what it is, basically because we don’t know what is what it is, we only know what we see. And we call that ‘the world’.”

Erin Kelly
An All That’s Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she’s designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.