This image is an aerial photograph of the Mar del Plastico—a sea of plastic, if you will—covering an area of 350 square kilometers in Andalusia in southern Spain. The patterns on the landscape are actually greenhouses—covered in sheets of plastic—used to grow fruit and vegetables. The greenhouses’ irregular forms create shapes and arrangements that, seen from the sky, are evocative of abstract paintings.
The Mar del Plastico series is part of my Aerial Views project; I’ve been taking aerial photographs of various locations for it, including container ports, mines and even beaches, since 2010. It helps visualize humanity’s sometimes massive encroachment on the Earth’s surface. It’s a bit ironic that these transformations often possess a certain beauty and order. That’s what I try to capture.
Munich-born Bernhard Lang has been a successful photographer for more than two decades. In addition to structural aesthetics, his photographs mostly centre around a critique of civilisation. The relationship between man and the environment is a common thread through his works, revealing the extent at which nature is absorbed by man.