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Landsat Works

© Richard John Seymour

Landsat 8 launched on 11 February 2013. Since then it has supplied a constant stream of imagery of our planet into the public domain.

Landsat captures 9 different wavelengths of the light spectrum, known as bands, ranging from UV to Infrared. Though we are most accustomed to seeing the information Landsat captures in the visible spectrum (which represents what our eyes see), the non-visible information captured by Landsat can be utilized for various scientific and industrial applications.

One such use of this type of imagery is in mineral prospecting. By assigning certain bands to the RGB channels used in digital images, a false-colour image can be generated that can indicate the presence of certain geological conditions by rendering them in easily detectable colours that would be otherwise invisible to the human eye. Through this process even the world’s most remote wildernesses can be observed and analysed on a daily basis.

Landsat Works co-opts these false-colour imaging techniques to reveal a number of remote locations across our planet, rendered in brightly coloured hues through the use of digital sensor technology aboard Landsat.

The resulting large format images are at once a statement regarding the role technology plays in the surveillance and subsequent manipulation manipulation of our environment, but also an attempt to reveal the sublime through the technological gaze.

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