The world is documented a little better every day. Aerial cameras are capable of capturing big overviews. Zooming out seems to be endless, without loss of sharpness. But as these images contain more and more information, it’s increasingly difficult for the viewer to maintain focus. I call it the ‘Where’s Waldo’ effect: a lot of interesting details are overlooked. ‘In Aerial Times’ invites the viewer to look closer into these big aerial pictures. The interactive screen allows you to zoom in ever closer on small scenes in large, high-resolution aerial photographs on a touchscreen; an intense way of letting you realise what it actually is you are looking at.
This overview captures the Mount Whaleback Iron Ore Mine in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. 98 per cent of world's mined iron ore is used to make steel and is thus a major component in the construction of buildings, automobiles, and appliances such as refrigerators. Iron ore is rich in iron oxides and vary in colour from dark grey, bright yellow, or deep purple to rusty red. Mount Whaleback is the largest open cut iron ore mine in the world, stretching more than five kilometres in length and nearing a depth of half a kilometre. Owner BHP employs 16,504 people in this mine.