Dramatic Aerial Landscape Photos of Our Impact on Nature Captured by Daniel Beltrá

February 8th 2007. Southern Ocean.

February 8th 2007, Southern Ocean, all images © Daniel Beltrá

During his past two decades as a photographer, Daniel Beltrá has photographed landscapes in all seven continents, exploring equally the beauty and tragedy found in nature across the globe. Beltrá works mostly in the air, providing the viewer with the expansive scale of what he encounters while perched inside an airplane or helicopter such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill which he captured over the span of two months.

Other locations the Spanish photographer has traveled to included the Brazilian Amazon, the Arctic, the Southern Oceans, and the Patagonian ice fields. Beltrá was drawn to each of these locations due to the complexity of nature found at each. He explains in his artist statement that the “fragility of our ecosystems is a continuous thread throughout my work. My photographs show the vast scale of transformation our world is under from human-made stresses.”

Beltrá hopes that his unique aerial perspective and subject matter instill an understanding of how we are directly affecting the environment around us and at the edges of the globe. Many of his images from locations in Iceland and Greenland were recently included in his solo exhibition “Ice/Green Lands” at Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago that closed on March 5, 2016. The photographer also recently published a collection of his images from the 2010 BP oil spill in his book SPILL. You can see more of his expansive landscape photography on his Instagram and Facebook. (via Ignant)

August 19th, 2014. Ilulissat, Greenland

Daniel_Beltra_01-594373a7ec82c59c9794780947e669f8a3be8140 Daniel_Beltra_08-56abe7f4efa787d4788439d41b127189a125afa7 Daniel_Beltra_09-e20bce8938162130b49921389495c408512e4177 Daniel_Beltra_07-11fd929c6cc8f406529487f6ead5a28b06d8b54e Daniel_Beltra_06-37b6ef86c3ea0613953d99a9f1403cd0b5f7f969 Daniel_Beltra_05-26bc2841c7e3432fce90c1a4462d4adb3c8c6e93 Daniel_Beltra_04-cb7993731bb3c883d8566f1d1b4bd33b0b8de314 Daniel_Beltra_03-97adfdc17092c534e22808ef7084c48b664ed1b4 Daniel_Beltra_02-7ef48ae77a3ba1cc512ee484b1ac015cfc36c7a1