Photographer Captures Stunning Aerial Photos of Salt Ponds

Some photographers zoom in, while others look from afar. German photographer, Tom Hegen, is known for his striking aerial photographs that are captured using a camera and a drone.

“In my aerial photography I focus on landscapes that have been heavily transformed by human intervention,” he writes on his website. “I am trying to sensitize the viewer for those subjects by taking a look on the extraordinary forces impacting our environment.”

In one such series, Hegen captured salt ponds throughout Europe. “Sea salt is a product that is heavily included in our everyday’s life but we hardly know where it comes from and how it’s been produced,” he explains. “Seawater is fed into evaporation ponds. Energy from the sun and wind concentrates the water to help encourage salt growth.”

The colored water varies from lighter shades of green to vibrant red. The bright color indicates the salinity of the ponds. Micro-organisms change their hues as the salinity of the pond increases.

Check out some of our favorite photos from The Salt Series and follow his Instagram page for more.