About the Book
In Plain Sight is a collection of captivating aerial images by Denver-based fine art photographer and pilot Evan Anderman. During the last three years, Anderman has taken hundreds of flights over parts of the American West few people visit: eastern Colorado, western Kansas, and rural Wyoming.
“At first, my intention was to capture the beauty in these less-traveled landscapes as I had in the past,” said Anderman, whose aerial photography earned him PDN’s Duggal Image Maker Award in 2013. “But it’s a different story now. Human activity is altering the land at a pace that is impossible for me to ignore.”
In Plain Sight reveals a bird’s eye view of feedlots packed with cows, fracking wells surrounded by semitrucks, vast wind farms, water treatment plants, gravel mines, and other human impacts that are hidden from everyday view.
“Part of my role as an artist is to shine a light on aspects of our society that people aren’t seeing,” Anderman said. “I think we’ve become disconnected from the reality that it takes a massive amount of infrastructure to support our desire to live in big houses and drive big cars. When you’re on the ground, it’s difficult to appreciate the scale of these operations or get access to them. But from the air, it’s all right there in plain sight.”
Evan Anderman is a social-landscape photographer based in his hometown of Denver, Colorado who shoots mostly from his airplane. In his youth Anderman spent a great deal of time in the mountains and plains of Colorado and the Western United States. This love of the land eventually led Anderman to pursue the earth sciences as a career and he obtained several degrees in Geological Engineering. After working nearly two decades in the field, Anderman took his love for the landscape and pursued his passion for photography to become a full-time artist in 2005. Anderman is especially attracted to less-traveled, and often barren, areas such as Eastern Colorado, the high deserts and forests of the Western United States, Antarctica, Iceland and the Arctic. He finds peace in the solitude that these places offer, and is empowered to rise to the challenge of portraying these landscapes with optimism.