Dramatic photos of the planet by Daniel Beltrá

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Clubs of Smoke Rising above Burning Oil, Gulf of Mexico

In the last fifty years, man-made disasters have become quite common for mankind. Photographs of the planet Daniel Beltrá, perfectly reflect all the terrible consequences of these disasters.

The Spanish photographer is known all over the world for his famous and controversial photographs. By depicting the consequences of “human activity”, he shows his passion for the environment. Beltrá sees this as something remarkable and conveys it through beautiful but still frightening images.

Dramatic photos of the planet by Daniel Beltrá
Central Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia
Dramatic photos of the planet by Daniel Beltrá
Construction of the Belo Monte Dam, Brazil

Probably, each of us has heard about such cases at least once, because with the constant technological development of people, often without understanding it themselves, mercilessly destroys the ecology of the planet.

Dramatic photos of the planet by Daniel Beltrá
San Felix do Xinjiang, Para, Brazil
Dramatic photos of the planet by Daniel Beltrá
Beyond Santara, Brazil (There is a castanheira tree in the soybean field, according to Brazilian law these trees cannot be cut down)

When we talk about Daniel Beltrá, we think of large-scale aerial photographs of the earth, it’s not surprising, because that’s his trademark. This perspective gives the viewer a broad idea of the beauty and cause of the destruction of nature that he is witness to, and also allows a subtle sense of scale.

“The unique perspective of air photography helps to emphasize that the Earth and its resources are limited.”

Dramatic photos of the planet by Daniel Beltrá
Vessels gather near remaining oil platforms near the Deepwater Horizon wellhead section, leaving oil traces as they pass through contaminated water

Dramatic photos of the planet by Daniel Beltrá Dramatic photos of the planet by Daniel BeltráAfter two months of photographing Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill – perhaps one of the most horrific man-made disasters in the history of the world – he presented the world with many exciting and striking images of the disaster created by mankind.

Over the years, his work has garnered many prestigious photography awards such as the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Lucy Award for International Photographer in the Deeper perspective category, World Press Photo and many others; his photographs are published in the most famous print media such as The New York Times, Le Monde, Time and so on.

Dramatic photos of the planet by Daniel Beltrá
Hvitau River, Iceland
Dramatic photos of the planet by Daniel Beltrá
Elvusau River, Iceland
Dramatic photos of the planet by Daniel Beltrá
An iceberg in the Ross Sea
Dramatic photos of the planet by Daniel Beltrá
Tjoursau, Iceland
Dramatic photos of the planet by Daniel Beltrá
Iceberg Pinnacle in the Southern Ocean
Dramatic photos of the planet by Daniel Beltrá
Arctic Ocean

Over the past two decades, Beltrá has worked on all seven continents, including several expeditions to the Brazilian Amazon, Arctic, Southern Ocean, and Patagonian ice fields. He finds inspiration in nature, diversity, and complexity. The result is both horrific and magnificent photographs.

Thanks to his special view of the world and his attitude towards what is happening in it, Daniel Beltrá has gained international recognition and fame.

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