Aerial photographer Bernhard Lang was born in Crailsheim (southern Germany) in 1970. He has mainly been working as a freelancer since early 2000, especially as a portrait and advertising photographer for various international clients, but now he exclusively works on his personal projects about aerial views for which he shoots landscapes out of small planes and helicopters.
In 2015 he won the Professional Landscape category of the Sony World Photography Awards with his series of aerial beach resorts at the Adriatic coastlines.
What brought him to choose the photographic medium was the urge to combine creativity with technical skills. “I had been a late starter and didn’t find photography seriously until I was 23 years old. In the beginning of my apprenticeship I did not know anything about photography, but fortunately it turned out that am a visual person, and my passion for and to create imagery developed step by step”, he says to an interview for the World Photography Organisation .
Now his work is driven by the idea to display the transformation or destruction of nature caused by human impact, which is often also a surprising source of formal beauty. His images from above appear like abstract geometric designs, to capture the effect of human vs nature in a unique visual language.
Lang is today reknown for his aerial studies of industry, wildlife and landscapes around the world.