It is surprising how predictable human behaviour can be when seen from a distance. Kacper Kowaski (b. 1977, Poland) first noticed the patterns that occur when man occupies a geographical space while experimenting with aerial photography as he was training as a pilot. After years of capturing the Earth from above, the photographer realised how the desire for ownership of nature pushes us to modify our surroundings and attempt to make them more suitable for our needs, altering landscapes as a form of conquest.

In OVER, his most recent project, Kowalski asked himself what would happen if humankind suddenly disappeared. He set out to capture snow-covered terrain in Poland from the sky, in order to offer a futuristic vision of what the world would look like if nature was allowed to freely expand, evolve and develop. In Kowalski’s images man-made structures vanish under a thin layer of white powder, creating the illusion that human activity is now part of a long gone past. The eerie, empty landscapes create a slight discomfort in the viewer, who is put in front of an almost apocalyptic narrative.

After graduating as an architect at the Technical University of Gdànsk, Kowalski devoted himself entirely to flying and photography. He has been flying for 20 years, shooting from above both the natural and urban environments of his homeland

OVER was self-published as a book in 2017.

Kacper Kowalski will be presented by Atlas Gallery at Haute Photographie, Rotterdam, February 7-10 2019.