Artist Spotlight: Stephan Zirwes Aerial Photography
By Maria Popova
We’re aware we don’t go easy on superlatives here. But German photographer Stephan Zirwes is of the most deserving kind — words like incredible, phenomenal and fantastic are all but an understatement of his unlike-anything-else aerial magic.
One series, fields, explores the diverse “species” of soccer fields.
Leisure takes a look at the landscape of our free time.
Industry puts into perspective the vast scale of our man-made environment through geometric images that are aesthetically stunning, but somehow unsettling at the same time.
In construction, Zirwes takes a birds-eye look at the making of said man-made scale.
Leisure II presents a curious intersection of the above series — the unusual places people choose as oases of relaxation and recreation. If you look very closely at each image, you’ll find someone sprawling on a beach towel amidst the industrial clutter.
But perhaps our favorite series of his is titled snow — it abstracts nature with such simplicity and beauty that each image is more akin to a textured art canvas than a photograph.
There’s something incredibly humbling about seeing ourselves, from 10,000 feet, as the tiny figurines on a miniature set of life — a potent antidote to our grandeur-obsessed culture.
For the full Stephan Zirwes experience, we recommend fullscreen immersion.
Published May 22, 2009