These Aerial Photos of Salt Lakes Look Like Abstract Works of Art

Sometimes to create a stunning photo you need to take a step back, a really big step back, that is. Award-winning German photographer, Tom Hegen, creates stunning aerial photographs using a camera and a drone.

“As a photographer, I am interested in the relationship between man and nature,” wrote the artist 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 one magnificent series (tagged fittingly as The Salt Series), Hegen focuses (or, rather, un-focuses) on salt ponds throughout Europe. “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.”

The bright colored ponds you see in the photos 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.

Check it out.