Tom Hegen is a photographer from Germany whose work centers around the Anthropocene – the human influence on Earth’s geological, biological, and atmospheric processes. “In my photography, I explore the origin and scale of that idea in an effort to understand the dimensions of man’s intervention in natural spaces and to direct attention toward how humans can take responsibility.” Today we’re talking about Hegen’s aerial work above the LED greenhouses of the Netherlands. These architectural light wonders are the country’s actions to produce more food for the international market as well as the internal. Obviously, these enormous greenhouses are very efficient at their purpose but they are creating a great amount of light pollution. The light pollution is the brightening of the night sky caused by street lights and other man-made sources, which has a disruptive effect on natural cycles and inhibits the observation of stars and planets. Mr. Hegen flew in a helicopter above its immense glow to bring the world unique shots of this occurrence. “I use abstraction and aestheticization as a language to inspire people and also to offer the viewer a connection to the subject as they need to decode what they are looking at.” Hegen has already published his first aerial photo book ‘Habitat’ and he’s working on the next one at the moment. For more information make sure to visit his Instagram and Behance.
LED greenhouses of the Netherlands designed to produce food for both international and internal market
But they also produce a great amount of light pollution
Light pollution brightening of the night sky caused by street lights and other man-made sources, which has a disruptive effect on natural cycles and inhibits the observation of stars and planets. Astronomers hate it.
Hegen flew in a helicopter to capture these aerial shots