All photos: Klaus Leidorf
Ever since earning his private pilot license 26 years ago, German photographer Klaus Leidorf has made it his mission to capture a bird's-eye perspective of the way humans have shaped the world — a study known as aerial archaeology.
"If an ant crosses a rug, it doesn't see the pattern of it, just every single yarn on its own." Leidorf tells MNN. "It is the same with archaeology. On the ground you can only see crops, whereas I can see whole patterns from the air."
Leidorf is fascinated yet bittersweet about what he finds: Fields cleared in perfect rectangular shapes, rivers straightened for efficient shipping routes and, of course, acres upon acres of parking lots. While the Earth's immaculacy may appear striking and beautiful from a high altitude, it also demonstrates the extent to which humans have intervened with nature.
In "Farmstead" (above), rows upon rows of empty, dull-colored fields are contrasted against the lush green oasis of a German farm house. For more amazing images, continue below or check out Leidorf's Flickr, where he has uploaded over 2,000 of his aerial images taken over the years.
Surrounded by sheep
Wild river Isar
Tour of waterfowl
Sailing hay bales
Summer sun and fun
Deep sky blue
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