by Milo Sumner in New Photography on Tuesday 29 April 2014

Since gaining his pilot’s licence in the 1970s, Alex Maclean has been leaning out of small planes with his camera to snap aerial shots of The United States. In that time he has accumulated an impressive body of work, focusing on various aspects of America from the air. The changing of landscapes by human intervention, and the resulting effects, are an overriding theme.

His book entitled Up On The Roof: New York’s Secret Skyline Spaces is a study of the hidden rooftop vistas visible to those in the air above New York City, a secret level of the metropolis filled with water towers, swimming pools, gardens and eateries. The moral of this story is: everything is better when it’s on the roof.

See more of Maclean’s work here.