Aukland, New Zealand Federico Winer

The Ultradistancia project drenches well-known landscapes with new colors.

Artist Federico Winer is currently traveling in the south of Vietnam. He loves to travel, and while he’s on his adventures, he keeps his eyes wide open. “As a photographer I’m always looking for shapes, lights, colors and forms,” he writes via email.

But Winer also knows it’s not alway necessary to shell out the money and board a flight to far off land just to see the planet—especially if you have access to Google Earth. ”Google Earth is marvelous and changed the way we live more than we imagine,” he writes. “We use it as a tool to travel, to find addresses, to explore our world, so the next level was to convert that tool into an artistic expression.”

That’s what his Ultradistancia project is all about. Winer infuses Google Earth landscapes with vivid color—distorting them and making the shapes, contours, and patterns on the planet’s surface pop. As the project’s name suggests, the idea is to become intimate with these mini-portraits of Earth, from afar.

Below are a few examples of Winer’s work. Watch how urban parks, buildings, airports, and roads transform in cities around the world. And check out more of Winer’s images here.

Central Park, New York

The Holocaust memorial in Berlin

Sao Paulo, Brazil  

Airport in Beijing, China

Al Falah housing project in Abu Dhabi

Dallas, Texas

Expressway in Las Vegas

Miami Beach, Florida  

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