Over is a series of aerial photographs taken from a gyroplane flying over the Polish countryside during the winter. Kacper Kowalski has been an aviation enthusiast for more than 20 years, in particular by means of paragliders and gyroplanes, and is part of a tradition of aerial photography initiated by Edward Burtynsky, George Gerster, George Steinmetz and Yann Arthus-Bertrand, although Kowalski has quickly emerged with his own language.
Capturing immaculate landscapes, the photographer operates as an architect of visual formation, systematically searching and graphing the landscape’s precise lines, leading him to a form of abstraction.
With Over , Kacper Kowalski explores the depths of winter and puts the viewer face-to-face to nature in its sleep. The omnipresence of snow transforms the landscapes into immaculate vast expanses of white where
the horizon ends up drifting into the sky. Alone in front of this nature, the viewer is thus confronted with a moment who presence reminds him of the ephemeral nature of the world. The universe belongs to no one.
The ground, covered with snow, helps create photographic compositions of the landscape in black and white. Some traces of life seem to pierce the blanket and rare shades of ochres try to emerge, crystallizing the presence of an artificial world.
The concentration of the photographed elements—whether vegetable, mineral, or artificial (roads, dwellings, metallic structures)—creates sets of shapes that take us away from the real object. Desaturation then helps unearth an atmosphere at once strange and peaceful within the photographs. The shapes, their reflections, and their shadows underline the symmetries and create compositions that tend towards abstraction, and subtlety permeates the entire series.