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Winter from Above
Filip Wolak

The Winter from Above series is a result of passion, commitment, love of flying, and photography. For an experienced pilot and an accomplished photographer, this marriage is a natural way to express the beauty of the world as seen from above. It is also the appreciation of the simplicity and the elegance of nature. It offers a unique way to look at common things from a different perspective.

It’s the world where familiar objects take new shapes by vividly contrasting against featureless backgrounds, often recognizable only by the shadow they cast. Some structures remain unknown until the viewer dives into the details. The featureless background makes the images appear almost graphic, crossing the boundary between photography and drawing.

All photographs in this series have been taken from a Cessna 172, a personal airplane and flight trainer. In the majority of the cases, Filip is piloting the plane and photographing at the same time. This configuration allows him full control over the attitude of the plane – so critical to the outcome. Sometimes, a safety pilot is present to monitor the flight. Each flight is a mission that required careful planning ⎯ the weather, the visibility, the winds, the angle of the sun⎯all must come together at the right time, with a little bit of luck and chance.

- Filip Wolak

Filip Wolak is a photographer, commercial pilot, and flight instructor. Originally from Poland, he began flight training in 2005, at first for the pure joy of the challenge. After a few years, Filip completed his training and received airline pilot privileges. Filip currently works as a professional photographer in New York City, specializing in various areas of commercial photography.

Named 'Coolest Nightlife Photographer' by Time Out New York and 'Most Influential' by Lens Magazine for a series of photographs covering nightlife in New York City. His photograph of wintery Central Park has won the Sony World Photography Award in the Open Architecture category. It also took 2nd place in the Poland National Award of the WPO.

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