Tom Lamb could never have taken his pictures of a changing patch of Orange County at ground level.
From his vantage point riding in helicopters airborne and tilted at varying angles above the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station and surrounding areas — and through his lens and artistically trained eye — the Laguna Beach photographer gives the viewer an entirely different way of seeing the land.
Lamb framed his photographs in a way that deliberately takes them out of context. The pictures now on display in his "Marks on the Land" exhibit at the Orange County Great Park, the site of the former base, depict images where nature's course and man-made developments squash up against each other.
"The idea of these images ... it isn't so much about the place," Lamb said. "It is about the abstract connections that I am seeing about this place. There's not a sense of scale, for instance. You don't know whether this is large or small."