Photography on paraglider, by Kacper Kowalski

The Depth of Winter. Poland, Gdynia. Snow coverd trains on tracks leading to an industrial site at the port of Gdynia
21/02/2015
Photography on paraglider, by Kacper Kowalski
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The Depth of Winter. Poland, Gdynia. Snow coverd trains on tracks leading to an industrial site at the port of Gdynia

"I was supposed to be an architect. It is what I studied for five years and at what I was employed other four. But it was not mine and I decided to prove luck by what really motivates me: the photography and to fly, something that I was already doing in my free moments. So I gave jump and turned my interest into profession. Today I am both things, pilot and photographer, which there allows me to control absolutely each of my captures. I am enjoyed with catching perspectives that turn out to be unattainable when one has the feet in the ground. From the air, both in my natal Poland and in any other part of the world, I analyze the most diverse, natural or urban landscapes. And I turn them into abstract images, in graphic designs replete with subliminal messages that they speak about the trace of the human presence in the Earth. Graphic designs that might be a work of a designer pawned in reproducing mosaics that the nature and the human being have created in a interactive form."

Kacper Kowalski is a Polish photographer — winner of a World Press Photo Award in 2014 — spent five years studying architecture and four years in practice before giving it all up to fly solo, quite literally. Drone photography may be on the rise, but it seems that the old-fashioned manned aerial vehicle has its advantages and via motorized paraglider, Kowalski diverges from the conventional path of practice photography and the actions on the ground become amazing brushstrokes on a great canvas, capturing the world below from unconventional angles with an extraordinarily steady hand. Seen from above, the local architecture and natural landscapes take on a graphic quality and document powerful stories in the process. Kacper Kowalski says he seeks “to show daily situations in the abstract.”

From a motorized paraglider, John diverges from the conventional path of practice photography.-

"From the air I cannot connect to the persons in the same way that would do it with classic photography. I cannot take part in which it´s happening because I am very far. But I can provoke emotions in the people across common and symbolic places ...read more

Aerial view the Poland forest. Photography © Kacper Kowalski. Poland, Pomerania. A patch of forest in the region of Kashubia. Photography © Kacper Kowalski. Toxic beauty. View full context. Police, Poland. The POLICE Chemical Plant is a major producer of mineral multi-component fertilizers, acids and ammonia, and is one of Poland’s biggest exporters. Views from the air reveal an impact of industry on the environment that is hard to see from the ground, as effluent leeches into the Polish landscape-coal ash (the waste that remains after coal is combusted, containing toxic heavy metals). Photography © Kacper Kowalski. Poland, Turek. The distribution of ash after coal combustion at a thermal power plant in Turek.The Depth of Winter. Poland, Kiezmark. A lorry and cars travel on a road past the ice covered. Vistula River near the village of Kiezmark during Winter.The Depth of Winter. Poland, Gdynia. Snow coverd trains on tracks leading to an industrial site at the port of Gdynia.The Depth of Winter. Poland Zarnowiec. The snow covered hydroelectric power station yard in Zarnowiec. Photography © Kacper Kowalski. The Depth of Winter. Poland, Gdynia. Cars parked at a duty free parking zone in the snow in Gdynia during Winter. Photography © Kacper Kowalski. The Depth of Winter poland Gdynia Snow covered hay bails on a farm. Photography © Kacper Kowalski.Photography © Kacper Kowalski. Photo from Flood From The Sky series. Photography © Kacper Kowalski. On the beach during the course of a long summer’s day. Photography © Kacper Kowalski.On the beach during the course of a long summer’s day. Photography © Kacper Kowalski.Living on the coast, Kowalski spent time studying the changing landscape created by sun worshippers on the beach during the course of a long summer’s day. Photography © Kacper Kowalski.Poland, Sandomierz. A flooded playground in the town of Sandomierz. Due to heavy rain, the Vistula River reached its highest level since 1860 causing widespread flooding meaning the whole town had to be evacuated.Kowalski has not restricted his aerial adventures to Poland; he recently published a series of photos of China from bird's-eye view, many of which were markedly more urban in their nature. Some present startling views of architectural mass production being rolled out across the country, such as this image of housing in the eastern city of Jiangyin. Photography © Kacper Kowalski.

KOWALSKI

Kacper Kowalski born in 1977, Kacper Kowalski is a graduate of the Technical University of Gdańsk, where he studied architecture. After having worked in architecture for four years, he devoted himself entirely to flying and photography. Both as a pilot and a photographer, he takes aerial pictures of natural and urban environments of his native Poland.

He has r...read more