Iceland’s epic vistas, vast glaciers, soft light and ominous volcanoes make beautiful abstract art in Emmanuel Coupe-Kalomiris’s aerial photos. He’s made striking visuals out of the island’s natural formations without focusing on their actual geography.
“I wanted something that doesn’t have context, no sense of scale,” says Kalomiris. “I wanted it to be lost. In the end it doesn’t really matter what you’re looking at. It’s supposed to be just pure visual pleasure.”
The Athens-based photographer leaves the photos free of titles and descriptive captions. Many of the images could just as easily be a view through a microscope as through the window of a plane. Elements that might imply scale, like buildings or roads, are deliberately avoided. Each image is an indulgence in simple color and form.
“I really wanted to bring out the abstract qualities of what initially had pulled me to these places,” he says. “I would see them from above, from satellite images; the shape looked chaotic and messy, and yet hauntingly intriguing and beautiful and interesting, and I wanted to stay within that.”