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Alex S. MacLean, Possibly the Finest Low-Altitude Aerial Photographer in the World

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Trained as an architect...Alex Maclean...has portrayed the history and evolution of the the United States...from vast agricultural patterns to city grids, recording changes brought about by human intervention and natural processes. His powerful and descriptive images provide clues to understanding the relationship between the natural and constructed environments. MacLean's photographs have been exhibited widely in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia and are found in private, public and university collections.*

...Arizona Scrub Desert, Signal, AZ (undated)

...Highway Interchange, Phoenix, AZ (undated)

...Street Car Community, Sommerville, MA (1983)

Basketball Courts Parking Lot (undated and unlocated)

Baseball Diamond and Football Field Grid, Minneapolis, Minnesota (1990)

Bay Channel, Fremont, CA (1984)

Cotton Harvesting, Buckeye, AZ (2004)

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Flower Fields, Carlsbad, CA (undated)

Grain Silos, Gilford, Montana (undated)

...Harborwalk, Galveston, TX (undated)

White Road and Trees, Adams, Mass (1985)

I've long believed that everyone in the world has taken at least one or two excellent photographs. If you've taken a photograph that you especially like, from an airplane in flight, email it to me at, and I'll try toinclude it (with your name) in a future OEN article.

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* All pictures are courtesy of Alex S. Maclean and artnet's Artist Works Catalogues. At its AWC, there is this: "artnet offers these catalogues free to the public as an educational resource. Simply click on an individual artist's image to begin, and check back often to browse new catalogues."


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Hey, Are you serious? Do they have to be aerial?... by John Little on Tuesday, Jul 28, 2009 at 3:53:52 PM
they have to be aerial. But for everyone else, th... by GLloyd Rowsey on Tuesday, Jul 28, 2009 at 5:17:32 PM
It takes almost incredible skill to fly upside-dow... by GL Rowsey on Thursday, Jul 30, 2009 at 7:13:18 AM
I've only recieved ONE low-altitude photo so far, ... by GL Rowsey on Saturday, Aug 1, 2009 at 8:28:41 AM