Aerial photo exhibition “Found from above. Estonian patterns and shapes.”
The author has said about his exhibition the following:
“Manmade patterns can seem more striking and inspired, because the creator of the pattern did not set out to create the pattern or image for its own sake; it is merely the inevitable by-product of the work going on, say, in farmer’s fields. I have for years admired these manmade patterns from above, and I am grateful to those farmers and other workmen who are employed on our landscapes. Besides the fact that they perform needed work, they offer aesthetic enjoyment to those flying over their work. Sometimes it seems unjust that they may not even be aware that they have created art, if only because they do not happen to see it from the right angle. Thus I hope that the exhibition-goers will include some of the working folk who helped create the patterns. And I gratefully acknowledge them.”
The pictures also include a selection of nature patterns and images (such as ice and bog patterns; a coast shaped like a face etc) and in some cases, the photos include a car, tractor or person to help the viewer get an idea of the scale. I hope very much that the exhibition will broaden viewers’ understanding of Estonian landscapes and its beauty, and places in and around which we live. After all, everything is different from a high vantage point.
Andres Tarto (1975): previous exhibitions “Box and mail – Estonian mailbox” (2003); “The days past reflected in mirrors” (2007); “Estonia from 1000 feet” (2008). Tarto has worked in the aerial photography medium since 2004. Visit him also at facebook.com/taevapiltnik
The exhibition received support from the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.