Aerial Abstraction

Tom Hegen

Arts - 18.05.2020

After an intensive process of research on the concept of Anthropocene, the Munich-based photographer Tom Hegen has flown over different regions to document the human impact on the Earth’s natural landscapes. 

The shine of the colors, the geometries of the landscapes, and the almost tactile textures make the images of Tom Hegen (Königsbrunn, 1991) look like impressive abstract paintings, when they are actually objective documents of reality. Through aerial images the photographer and designer shows the human impact on Earth, searching for artificially transformed territories and inviting the observer to discover the world from a different perspective, placing them face to face with the dimension of their interventions and making them aware of their responsibility 
in the preservation of our planet. 

‘The Sand Dunes Series’

‘The Salt Series’ is an abstract collection of images that explore human intervention in the production of salt. The presence of microorganisms and salinity change the color of the ponds.

‘The Salt Series’

‘The River Veins Series’ reflects the patterns 
left when the glaciers melt on black volcanic sand in Iceland, and ‘The Iceberg Series II’ captures the shapes of Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland. 

‘The River Veins Series’
‘The River Veins Series’
‘The River Veins Series’

‘The Quarry Series’ and ‘The Marble Series’ both show the various  methods developed for mining and processing of the raw materials needed in the construction of growing cities and infrastructure. 

‘The Quarry Series’
‘The Marble Series’