Not long ago, roaming on Google Earth, I stumbled on an image that I could admire as abstract art. Perhaps it was this one:
Now and then I even found something that, if found in an art museum, wouldn't obviously be an aerial photograph at all, but might just as well have been an abstract or surreal painting, or sometimes a watercolor, were it not for the signature.
It's remarkably hard to predict when I'll find one. One can't just head for a famously beautiful place and expect to find this kind of abstract interest. Most famous dramatic landscapes look too obviously like themselves from the air, though this well known object in the center of Australia almost works, perhaps because the geometric arrowhead shape draws the eye away from a too-literal recognition.
But usually it's hard, which makes it fun. Shorelines, for example, all have a familiar-looking white foamy line where sea meets land, while craggy shorelines, from the air, look just like craggy shorelines. To make a shoreline recede into abstraction, I have to find a very long, very flat beach, so that I can zoom way out. And still I'm not sure it works.