It’s amazing how much the vantage point can change the way we view the world. That’s one of the beauties of traveling actually that draws so many people into the thrill of it. To see the New York City skyline from the street is completely different than what Jakob Wagner’s aerial scape presents, although the photo’s topic is essentially the same. To view a simple country cottage in Oklahoma or in Ukraine is essentially the same task and yet the vantage point inexplicably changes the experience.
At the same time, there’s something about the composition of these scenes that makes everything seem so small, insignificant, and universal. It’s as if were the photos not captioned you might not always know what scene he had photographed. Not all cities are alike, nor are all landscapes identical, but without the iconic landmarks that we recognize, know, and love we have nothing to grab onto. In our travels we can fall into this same kind of monotony if we don’t create little iconic gestures to relate with. Most of the time it’s the people, food, culture, or overall atmosphere that resonates the most with us but an apathetic traveler can miss these little details and find themselves in a scene that looks much like any other.
The point is, you get exactly as much out of traveling as you put into it. Changing your vantage point and exploring life from a different angle offers surprising views that you otherwise might not have even known you were missing – that’s the first step. It’s important to find the universal commonalities throughout the world that make us all relatable and understandable but it’s even better that you also find the little details that make each scene unique and special. Had Jakob Wagner not discovered the beauty in each of these photos he wouldn’t have captured these glances from above to share with us.
Photos: Jakob Wagner