Kacper Kowalski

Gdynia, Poland

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Biography

Polish, 1977

Kacper is a graduate of the Technical University of Gdansk, where he studied architecture. After having worked in architecture for four years, he devoted himself entirely to flying and photography.

Both as a paragliding / gyrocopter pilot and a photographer, he takes aerial pictures of natural and urban environments in his native Poland, China and other locations.

He has received numerous awards, including three World Press Photo award (2009, 2014, 2015), Picture of the Year International (POYi: 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016) and many more.

Kacper has published two photo books in the past years. Side Effects, which looks at the impact of human activity on the natural world and OVER, a meditative study on the relationship between man and nature.

Kacper lives with his wife and children in Gdynia, Poland.

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The result of years of aerial photography, ‘Side Effects’ is a visual study of the complicated relationship between humans and nature.


The unexpected beauty of industrial landscapes viewed from the air~~ Kacper Kowalski, an architecture graduate, combines his passion for paragliding and photography to produce serene, complex images of urban, rural and industrial landscapes from the air.


The Renaissance-era town in south-eastern Poland was completely inundated by flood waters in 2010~~ The historic town of Sandomierz in south-eastern Poland, close to Lublin and the border with Ukraine, is a major magnet for intrepid tourists on their way through Poland.


The forests, rivers and lakes of Pomerania, on the southern shores of the Baltic sea, in all their autumnal glory~~From his home in Gdynia, on Poland’s Baltic coast, Kacper has been exploring the surrounding region from the air for years.


A view of Poland, gripped by one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record, from the air~~Kacper Kowalski takes to the skies above Poland to gain a vantage point over a country gripped by harsh winter.


As snowy and icy winters slowly retreat from for another year, the plains, forests and fields of northern Poland erupt into a bright palette of spring flowers and blossoms~~In the third of his four-part project gazing down at the rural landscapes of northern Poland from on high, Kacper Kowalski flies over the lush and green pastures and sprouting fields of crops near his home in Gdynia.


An aerial view of busy, bustling summer landscapes.


China’s breakneck construction and industrialisation boom offers a dazzling and disjointed jumble of shapes and colours and is reshaping every corner of the vast country.


Kacper Kowalski shares his passion for flying over wintery landscapes in this series of images.