Shot from the sky, Bernhard Lang’s aerial views of Germany’s steel heartlands capture the shapes and symmetry of the country’s intense industry. The German steel industry is the largest in Europe – Lang’s shots were taken over the huge ThyssenKrup Stahlwerk in Duisberg, North Rhine-Westphalia.
Captured from a light aircraft, the series Aerial Views searches for patterns and structures on the surface of the earth, finding occasional symmetry, chaotic man-made shapes, and corresponding colors of rusty browns, reds, greys and greens.
Removed from the constraints of gravity, the images take a detached, almost ambivalent view of the world below, capturing the balance between beauty and destruction of man’s impact on the earth below. See more of his work here, and our past features here.
Images © Bernhard Lang