The Unique Coast 14


The Australian coastline is certainly one of the most impressive and unique one on our planet due to its length and diversity. Along its almost 37.000 km the coastal landscape is ranging from broad sandy beaches to rocky cliffs, estuaries and mangrove swamps as well as sandy tidal flats. The coastline is where three of the world’s great ocean’s meet: the Pacific, Indian and Southern oceans. Because of Australias different ecoregions the appearance of its coastline varies a lot and each part has its own beauty. Places like Shark Bay, the Whitsunday Islands or the Kimberley Coast reveal an amazing scenery of natural diversity and colors.

Over the past years I took several photography flights in helicopters and small planes to document this natural beauty from an aerial perspective to show how parts of this landscape can be seen as “geological artworks“.

"See the world from a different perspective — an unusual one. The view from the air is fascinating. In my work, however, photography does not merely document our environment from this atypical perspective; it is much more a (creative) representation of conditions such as structures and forms in their uniqueness. Since nature is in a constant state of change, be it short or long term, each of my works captures a moment that will never happen again. Often the places shown in my works surround us directly, but due to our close proximity, they can hardly be perceived the same way. Whether it is nature or our human influence on it, the result is abstract, partly geometric, but also surreal worlds, which I want to make accessible to everyone."

Kevin Krautgartner is a German architectural and landscape photographer, best known for his aerial images of urban and large ground spaces highlighting the aesthetic value of colors, lines and geometric patterns in them. His oeuvre has been awarded at international contests, and featured in mainstream media.

Krautgartner currently lives and works in Wuppertal, Germany. He graduated from the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts with a degree in photography and graphic design. Digital photography is the basis for his work today. He uses helicopters and light planes to capture his objects -architectural interiors, urban skylines, remote landscapes- from different perspectives which he later uses to digitally select and frame aesthetically appealing views. His landscapes include icy mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, fjords and salt fields in many countries.