Headlands: hidden faces of the UK coastline

With the help of Google Earth, Jeffrey Tribe has discovered 12 human heads emerging from the British coastline, as presented in his project, Headlands

With the help of Google Earth, Jeffrey Tribe has discovered 12 human heads emerging from the British coastline, as presented in his project, Headlands

As a kid growing up in Suffolk, I well remember my mum noting somewhat bitterly, as we gazed at the Look East weather report, how apt it was that the East Anglian coastline resembled the features of a grumpy old man. Her opinion of the locals was yet to soften after our family’s move south in the 60s.

Jeffrey Tribe, it seems, has had similar ideas – not about the taciturn nature of East Anglians, but about the resemblance of some parts of the UK coastline to human faces. Tribe, who is senior graphics lecturer at Bedford College, has worked the idea into a personal project which uses Google Earth to present 12 ‘Headlands’ alongside short narratives based on the location in the form of cigarette cards.

Each image, he says, is exactly as seen on Google Earth, with no retouching. A selection is shown here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subscribe online and save 29%

Subscribe to Creative Review to receive the magazine and Monograph each month plus access to the online archive and subscriber only content…

 

More from CR

On liking

Why do we like the things we like? How do our social, cultural and aesthetic values combine to prompt us to declare ‘I like that?’

More digital adventures with Arcade Fire

Hot on the heels of their recent ‘synchronised artwork’ experiments, Arcade Fire has released another interactive video online, to accompany the track We Used To Wait. The video is created in association with director Chris Milk and Google Chrome – CR spoke to B-Reel, the digital production company behind it, to find out how it all works…

Draw and Fold Over

For The Big Draw 2010, digital agency Albion created a great online ‘exquisite corpse’ game, Draw and Fold Over

Graphic Designer

Fushi Wellbeing

Creative Designer

Monddi Design Agency