Toxic Beauty

Since the ban on aerial photography was lifted from Poland, photographer Kacper Kowalski has been paragliding over his homeland, capturing rural, urban landscapes. Toxic Beauty is a stunning series of photographs focusing on the unexpected splendour of the colourful stains industrial plants have on the landscape. I love the striking colours in the images, almost like they have been painted, patterns gouged into thick acrylic paint. Abstract at first glance, you are able to enjoy the initial hit of colour before the reality of what they stand for cuts in. Showing areas of Poland that are heavily fenced off and guarded, they bring to our attention the sheer scale of damage that is going on behind these forbidden walls…


Ash, also from coal combustion, at Europes largest thermal power plant, in Belchatow.

An open lignite mine in Belchatow.

Aerial view of an industrial plant in the town of Police, where more than 30 different fertilisers and chemicals are produced.

Ash produced by the burning of coal at a thermal power plant in Konin.

Kacper Kowalski


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