toxic beauty

10 September 2013

Luftaufnahmen von Umweltbelastung, die von der Erde aus schwer zu erkennen ist. Abwasser von Elektrizitätswerken, der Bergbauindustrie und Chemieunternehmen, das Kohlenasche enthält, fließt in die polnische Landschaft. Kohlenasche, die bei der Verbrennung von Kohle zurückbleibt, enthält giftige Schwermetalle.

Police, Poland

The POLICE Chemical Plant is a major producer of mineral multi-component fertilizers, acids and ammonia, and is one of Poland’s biggest exporters.

 

Views from the air reveal an impact of industry on the environment that is hard to see from the ground, as effluent leeches into the Polish landscape—coal ash (the waste that remains after coal is combusted, containing toxic heavy metals) from power stations, by-products of mining, emissions from chemical factories.

Perspectivas aéreas que revelan un impacto en el medio ambiente difícil de observar desde el suelo. Las aguas residuales que contienen cenizas del carbón de las centrales eléctricas se introducen serpenteantes en el paisaje polaco. Las cenizas del carbón son el residuo de su combustión y su contenido en metales pesados tóxicos es elevado.

Vues aériennes révélant un impact sur l’environnement difficile à déceler sur terre. Un effluent s’infiltre dans le paysage polonais - la cendre de charbon (résidu de la combustion du charbon contenant des métaux lourds toxiques) provenant de centrales électriques, de sousproduits de l’exploitation minière et d’émissions des usines chimiques.

Le vedute aeree rivelano un impatto sull’ambiente che è difficile vedere da terra: il paesaggio polacco viene risucchiato dagli scarichi delle centrali elettriche che contengono cenere di carbone (il residuo della combustione del carbone, pieno di metalli pesanti tossici), dai sottoprodotti minerari e dalle emissioni di impianti chimici.

Luchtopnamen laten milieueffecten zien die op de grond moeilijk waar te nemen zijn, zoals afvalwater dat het Poolse landschap instroomt met kolenas (een restproduct van verbrande steenkool, dat giftige zware metalen bevat) van energiecentrales, afvalproducten van de mijnbouw en de uitstoot van chemische industrie

Vistas aéreas revelam um impacto da indústria sobre o ambiente que é dificilmente visível a partir do solo, como sanguessugas de efluentes na paisagem polaca – cinza de carvão (resíduo que permanece após a combustão do carvão, contendo metais pesados tóxicos) proveniente das centrais elétricas, dos subprodutos da mineração, das emissões de fábricas químicas.

С земли порой трудно оценить масштаб негативного воздействия человека на окружающую среду, картина
с воздуха гораздо нагляднее. Рукава, отводящие сточные воды теплоэлектростанций, содержащие угольную золу, впиваются в польский пейзаж. Зола, которая остается после сжигания угля, содержит токсичные тяжелые металлы.

Стоки теплоэлектростанции в Бельчатове. Эта крупнейшая в Европе теплоэлектростанция, работающая на угле, – одна из самых «грязных» в мире по объемам выбрасываемого
в атмосферу СО2.

Location

Police, Poland

Technical information

Shutter speed: 1/640
ISO: 320
F-Stop: 8.0
Focal Length: 112.0 mm
Camera: NIKON D3X

Kacper Kowalski
Nationality:
Poland
About:
Kacper Kowalski, born in 1977, was supposed to be an architect. Yet five years of studies and four of designing were more than enough for him. In 2006, he eventually quit his job and turned to his two true passions: flying and photography. Both a pilot and a photographer, he takes unique control over each shot, capturing previously unseen natural environments and ordinarily inaccessible cityscapes. The results are unreal, almost graphic images, which reveal patterns, symmetries, and asymmetries created by humans and nature. 
Commissioner:
Panos Pictures