His [the pedestrian's] elevation transfigures him into a voyeur. It puts him at a distance. It transforms the bewitching world by which one was 'possessed' into a text that lies before one's eyes. It allows one to read it, to be a solar Eye, looking down like a god. The exaltation of a scopic and gnostic drive: the fiction of knowledge is related to this lust to be a viewpoint and nothing more.
― Michel de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life
The aerial photograph substitutes grounded perspective for that of the master plan, destroying the legitimacy of the human perspective, which can no longer confer a sense of reality.
— Karen Piper, Cartographic fictions – maps, race and identity