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Toxic Beauty

Kacper Kowalski, an architecture graduate, combines his passion for paragliding and photography to produce serene, complex images of urban, rural and industrial landscapes from the air. Many of them show severe pollution and environmental degradation on a grand scale and give a more comprehensive scope to environmental issues which are hard to grasp from ground level.

In his series "Toxic Beauty" he shows the stains of human civilisation imprinted on the landscape. Sulfur plants; nitrogen plants; mines and power plants; landfill sites; toxic effluent leaching into the ground. From the high vantage point he is able to reveal restricted areas, surrounded by high fences and guarded around the clock, usually only viewable from the air.
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