Artist Spotlight: Stephan Zirwes Aerial Photography
Soccer field species, abstracting nature, and why you aren’t nearly as big as you think.
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