Polish photographer Kacper Kowalski has found a truly unique way to combine his talent with his self-described “addiction” for paragliding by shooting stunning local landscape photos taken on his way down from very high up in the air. Kowalski spoke about this perfect combination in an interview with the New York Times.
I had two ways to go. …Rehab, or to find an excuse good enough to fly. Photography appeared to be such an excuse.Growing up, we usually forget how important it is to make the basics questionable. …And up there, at 500 feet, everything becomes new, although it is all well known. Aerial photographers tend to fly to distant and exotic locations, capturing the Pyramids or other great structures from the air. What I do is a bit more difficult, more challenging and more subtle. Flying in my backyard and finding amazing, stunning, memorable beauty in the everyday is the thing I follow.
In Fade to White, Kowalski debuts a series which he shot during winter’s coldest and most forbidding days. The pictures present ethereal scenes in which human presence is felt but never actually seen. The title of the series, Over, is a reference to the radio communication term, meaning the artist has finished speaking and is awaiting a response. Kowalski does not caption his photographs, keeping them free of context and open for interpretation. He believes that “the content of the photograph is less important than the questions they lead us to ask ourselves.” The exhibition also includes the photographer’s latest works from his award-winning Side Effects series.