Aerial Views

 

Aerial photography is traditionally associated with scientific or military use, and its aesthetic possibilities are not often exploited. In this series this photographic technique is used to show large stretches of land in order to display the full magnitude of the changes man is causing in his environment and how continual development and progress force him to constantly search out new resources and try to adapt nature to his needs. These images could be considered a documentation of nature´s deterioration but, beyond that, I am interested in portraying that facet of man that makes him mold his landscape.
With such a wide panoramic view from above, photography´s traditional conception and perspective –comprised basically of subject and background- is lost. We have instead a vast surface of shapes and textures, all the compositional elements are mixed up together and compete amongst each other, offering us shapes well suited to an abstract painting. Only with close observation are we able to make out the highways, the buildings and the urbanistic interventions that we see each day up close on ground level. This allows us to perceive how they create scars in the landscape´s epidermis that, instead of completely imposing themselves onto the landscape, sketch out and underscore its contours, serving as witnesses to the symbiosis between civilization and nature.

Vistas Aéreas #1 / 2009 / Inyección de tinta / 122×155 cm / Ed. 6 + 1PA

Vistas Aéreas #3 / 2009 / Inyección de tinta / 122×155 cm / Ed. 6 + 1PA

Vistas Aéreas #5 / 2009 / Inyección de tinta / 122×155 cm / Ed. 6 + 1PA

Vistas Aéreas #2 / 2009 / Inyección de tinta / 122×155 cm / Ed. 6 + 1PA

Vistas Aéreas #4 / 2009 / Inyección de tinta / 122×155 cm / Ed. 6 + 1PA