By Jack Williams
These stunning shots may look like abstract works of art, but they are actually aerial photographs of some of nature’s most intriguing landscapes.
Whether it be the vibrant reds of Australian salt flats or the soothing greens of the Faroe Islands’ veins, photographer Kevin Krautgartner has travelled the world in order to capture the most unusual landscapes from above.
Kevin, 30, from Wuppertal, Germany, has shot around 200 landscape images in his trademark a flat, abstract style, continuing to be intrigued by the possibilities of aerial photography as he visits each new location.
The photographer’s series, entitled “Mountain Waves,” has seen adventurous Kevin travel to the likes of Iceland, Norway, Italy, Spain and the Seychelles.
Kevin said: “I love to shoot landscapes in a way people usually don’t see.
“There are so many structures, patterns and landscape formations to explore from the air.
“I also like the moment of surprise.
“You never know what to expect when you are going up in the air.
“So, I like to give the viewer an example of how abstract but also beautiful our planet is looking from an aerial perspective.”
When capturing such landscapes, Kevin said he aims to find an “unknown perspective” – be it a road or river running through he frame, or a dramatic break in colour from one part of the image to the next.
Despite building up a following on social media, Kevin advises those who enjoy such aerial images – whether shot by himself or others – to witness them at the likes of exhibits in galleries, allowing them to fully inspect the images.
Going forward, the photographer plans to travel to the United States to add to his series.
Explaining what he enjoys most about aerial photography, Kevin said: “The most fascinating part for me is this new dimension that comes along with aerial photography.
“Even if drone photography is becoming kind of common nowadays, taking photos out of a helicopter or a plane is still a niche.
“Capturing surreal landscapes of our planet from this atypical angle has mesmerized me from the first minute.”