Photographer Bernhard LangÂ took these amazing aerial photos while strapped underneath ultralight planes. Somehow his images manage to capture beauty in the most unlikely of placesâwhether he is taking pictures of container ports, car parks or even open pit coal mines.
Bernhard’s images from one of Germany’s biggest ports (above) look like pixels lit up on a screen as do his photos of car parks (below).
The following images are from the Tagebau Hambach mine in Germany. It is the largest opencast brown coal mining pit in the country and the biggest hole in Europe, occupying 85 square kilometres. It is 450 metres deep.
Bernhard told us about his latest project:
For me the images of opencast brown coal mining with it’s huge reclaimers “biting” into the soil, show quite directly the human impact on and exploitation of our environment. Some of these reclaimers are the biggest of the world: 240 metre long, 96 m high and have a weight of 13500 tonnes.
From above the scenery with these huge “monsters” in this strange mining surrounding reminded me of another barren planet out of a science fiction movie. The textures created by these diggers made out of coal, gravel, soil, sand, water… was very visually interesting for me – looking sometimes like abstract paintings.
Bernhard LangÂ is a Munich-based photographer. He is interested in the impact of industrialisation and human beings on the natural environment.