Have You Ever Seen a Salt Pond from Above?

Award-winning German photographer, Tom Hegen, uses a camera and a drone to create aerial photographs that will take your breath away.

“As a photographer, I am interested in the relationship between man and nature,” he writes on his website. “In my aerial photography, I focus on landscapes that have been heavily transformed by human intervention. I am trying to sensitize the viewer for those subjects by taking a look on the extraordinary forces impacting our environment.”

In The Salt Series, Hegen captures salt ponds throughout Europe.
The bright colored ponds get their saturated colors by microorganisms or micro-algae living within the man-made pans. The organisms change their hues as the salinity of the pond increases, which is why you see colors ranging from pink to orange and magenta to green.

“The contrast and geometric shapes of the salt ponds remind me of abstract paintings,” said the photographer. “Our need to arrange everything geometrically in order to regulate and have control makes us all, in a sense, designers of our own environment.”

Take a look.