The Salt Series
Aerial photographer Tom Hegen amazes us with his aesthetic landscape shots about the human presence on earth.
He started off with classic landscape photography but soon realized that those sugarcoated shots do not represent their real environment. He began to question the term ''Landscaping''.
As a consequence, he now focuses on landscapes that show the impact of human presence on earth. Hereby generating awareness for environmentally relevant topics. By inspiring people to look closer on the sheer impact we have on our environment and ask if and how we could develop on that.
''In my opinion, our society has great potential to develop in a sustainable way. We just too often don’t take those opportunities''.
He usually has a specific concept in-mind that he would like to capture. It is a thrill for him to find out whether the scene really looks as he imagined it to be. Dependent on the project he uses a drone or it involves him hanging out of an open door of a helicopter.
The Salt series is about the production of sea salt as it is one of the oldest forms of human intervention in natural spaces. Sea salt comes from natural evaporation of seawater out of artificial created ponds. The color of the water indicates the salinity of the ponds. Micro-organisms change their hues as the salinity of the pond increases. The colors can vary from lighter shades of green the vibrant red. Although the sea salt industry covers large areas around the world, the salt ponds and marshes are an important habitat for many species like birds, shellfishes or micro-organisms.
Currently he is in Greenland working on his new project, follow his journey on Instagram.