BY: BERNHARD LANG
When viewed from above, the human scale seems almost artificial. Like little miniature figurines we seem almost ignorant of the size our own existence. The Aerial Views of Bernhard Lang are proof that human beings are smaller than our perceived significance; yet through unrestrained industrialization our impact on the natural world is widespread. The deep colours of these aerial photos depict a silent war between the cement and steel of human “progress” and the lush greenery of nature.
To capture these images Bernhard hangs out the window of an ultra light plane buckled in by a few straps. At these moments, I imagine Bernhard cannot help but question if humankind is truly entitled to everything it claims.
Have we inflated our egos and manufactured ourselves as permanent features of the landscape? Or are we merely litter on top of something greater than ourselves?