Award-winning photographer Bernhard Lang has expanded his stunning portfolio of aerial images with his latest series called Adria. The photographs feature captivating scenes of Italian beaches in their full summer glory, with row after row of brightly colored and striped beach umbrellas forming mesmerizingly rhythmic patterns. As with Lang's previous work involving more industrial scenes, the images serve to remind us of the scale of human control and manipulation of the landscape, while at the same time acknowledging the scenes' curiously abstract beauty.
Lang has been producing his Aerial Views works since 2010. He charters small planes to take him above mines, shipping yards, beaches and winter landscapes, and hangs out the plane window to get the perfect overhead shot. The Adria series was photographed on Italy’s Adriatic coast over the summer of 2014 and won Lang 1st place in the professional photographers’ Travel section of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. As gorgeous and rainbow-hued as the images are, however, they do drive home the point that even the most seemingly benign of human endeavors—such as the simple pleasure of going to the beach—looks an awful lot like the busy work of ants when viewed from a different perspective.
Images from the Adria series are on display at the Mesdag Collection in The Hague, the Netherlands, until 1 November 2015, and feature in the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition at Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin until 20 September 2015. If you’d like to get your hands on some of Lang’s work, the photographer has recently produced a catalog featuring a selection of the strongest imagery of the whole Aerial Views project. The catalogue details information about the sizes and edition numbers of the fine-art prints. Supporting the photographer goes a long way towards making these images possible because, as he notes, the aerial photography process is cost-intensive. Lang is also actively seeking sponsorship in order to continue this amazing project. Contact the photographer directly for further details.
All photos © by Bernhard Lang