An aerial view is closer to a map than a conventional landscape; the earliest experiments in aerial photography were conducted with military applications in mind. The same basic technology was still informing military intelligence, as the Cuban missile site photographs had only recently shown. This is God’s, or Big Brother’s, perspective. So however pretty the pictures, there is something slightly sinister in the bird’s-eye views from the big black whirlybird as it transports the Cold War tourists to their next round of meetings. Their knowledge and prestige are growing apace.