Landscape photographer Hans Strand has always been captivated by Mother Nature and all her different sides, from the freezing Artic to tropical rainforests to dry deserts. Using the Hasselblad H6D-100c, Hans explores the interference of humans on nature from an aerial perspective in his project, Manmade Land.
At first glance, the geometric shapes captured from above resemble brush strokes found in a piece of Spanish artwork. But upon closer inspection, one sees that these marks are not natural – rather, it is manmade landscapes that dominate our earth. After years of photographing various sceneries around the world, Hans realized that, especially from the seat of an airplane, there is no denying the impact that human beings have had on the land. Taking advantage of the earth’s resources, humans consume and destroy without a second thought, resulting in a loss of diversity in wildlife and vegetation. “It is this kind of human destruction of the earth that I try to capture, both literally and figuratively,” explains Hans. “The patterns that human impact forms on the earth’s surface are graphic artwork in itself that I want to make us realize the extent of our actions.”
Manmade Land | Hans Strand
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