Amazing Aerial Photos of Greenhouses Blanketing the Spanish Landscape

By Michael Hession on at

The area in southern Spain known as mar del plástico is a landscape dominated by vast stretches of greenhouse farms. From the ground, it looks like nothing but roads winding through a maze of covered crops. But when seen from the air in German photographer Bernhard Lang's images, things look a bit more surreal.

Lang's extensive portfolio of aerial photography spans industrial sites, oceans and suburban tracts -- all revealing the geometric abstractions of human activity as seen from above. His trips through the Almería region of Spain are some of the most striking, the coverings over the crops of fruits and vegetables creating a surface that resembles some sort of incredible futuristic cityscape.

Amazing Aerial Photos of Greenhouses Blanketing the Spanish Landscape

Amazing Aerial Photos of Greenhouses Blanketing the Spanish Landscape

Amazing Aerial Photos of Greenhouses Blanketing the Spanish Landscape

Amazing Aerial Photos of Greenhouses Blanketing the Spanish Landscape

Amazing Aerial Photos of Greenhouses Blanketing the Spanish Landscape

Amazing Aerial Photos of Greenhouses Blanketing the Spanish Landscape

Amazing Aerial Photos of Greenhouses Blanketing the Spanish Landscape

Amazing Aerial Photos of Greenhouses Blanketing the Spanish Landscape

Amazing Aerial Photos of Greenhouses Blanketing the Spanish Landscape

In truth, the structures aren't even solid, they're made from plastic foil stretched over huge swathes of land. If you actually navigate to the region using Google Street View, it reveals itself to be a largely unremarkable farming landscape:

Amazing Aerial Photos of Greenhouses Blanketing the Spanish Landscape

Amazing Aerial Photos of Greenhouses Blanketing the Spanish Landscape

It's only out of sheer quantity and uniformity of colour that the landscape becomes what it is in Lang's photos. His honed sense of composition in framing the greenhouses only accentuates their abstract wonder.

Visit Bernhard Lang's website for a  lot more aerial photos. You can also follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

All images copyright Bernhard Lang