Tom Hegen Transforms Man-Made Forests Into Minimalist Art

All images by Tom Hegen. Used with permission.

If you’re looking to be inspired by yet another unique photography genre, that’s exactly what we have for you today. Last time we put the spotlight on Tom Hegen’s work, we saw how his unique aerial photography allows us to see the beauty in the ordinary. It’s amazing how a change in perspective — literally and figuratively — instantly transforms scenes into works of art. Another fine example from the Munich-based photographer and designer is the aptly named The Botanical Series.

As with The Quarry Series and The Two Degree Celsius Series, Botanical comes to us as a minimalist and abstract photography project. By making clever use of the aerial perspective, Hegen effectively transformed the trees into blobs and brushstrokes against the snowy landscape that served as his canvas. The result is an interesting mix of landscape photography, aerial photography, and fine art photography.

The trees featured in this series are actually part of the man-made forests spread across Germany. This explains their very orderly arrangement as captured in Hegen’s stunning aerial photography. This unique quality also makes The Botanical Series an even more clever and deliberate body of work. It’s easy to imagine him photographing these man-made greenery filled with curiosity on how they would look like from above, given the prevalence of these trees in neat rows.

“One third of Germany’s surface is covered with forests. Compared to other countries forests in Germany are growing. Most forests are made by man since they have a important commercial value. For successful reforestation tree nurseries contribute by cultivating young plants to then rehouse them in nature,” Hegen explains in his project description.

If you liked this series, go ahead and check out Tom Hegen’s website and Behance portfolio to see more of his impressive aerial photography.