Aerial Photographs of Coal Mining Pit by Bernhard Lang

Aerial photography is something I really enjoy watching. I just love to see how everything looks like from a bigger perspective. Isn’t it cool to see how various big buildings and endless terrains turn into small scale detailed texture?

I often discover series of aerial photographs captured by various photographers, however none of them grabbed my attention as much as Bernhard Lang’s aerial photographs of coal mining pit did. They are so extraordinary that I couldn’t not to share them with you!

According to the Bernhard Lang, a Germany-based photographer and an author of this series, these aerial photographs portrays the biggest opencast coal mining pit in Germany. “It is one of the largest man-made holes in the world, at nearly 1,500 feet deep, and currently covers almost 35 square kilometres. Everything at the mine is at a giant scale: The machines inside, scooping out coal and moving around sand and dirt, are each the height of 30-story office buildings and twice as long as soccer fields.”, says Lang.

The view is astounding and, at the same time, terrifying. It’s really hard to imagine the scale of such coal mining pits and machines operating here.


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Credits: Bernhard Lang