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The Scars We've Left on Earth

Aug 24, 2015 | 831 videos
Video by Conner Griffith

Conner Griffith describes his short film, Ripple, as "an advertisement for planet Earth." It's a flurry of frame-by-frame images, mostly from Google Earth and Wikipedia, that depict the many developed and undeveloped surfaces on the planet. Griffith, who is a senior at the Rhode Island School of Design, sequenced the images in rapid succession and paired them with accompanying sounds. The result is an interesting juxtaposition between the natural and the man-made—a three-minute snapshot of the indelible marks that human beings have left on Earth.

To see more of Griffith's work, visit his Vimeo page.

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