Stunning Aerial Photos Taken from a Small Plane Over Iceland and Greenland

Abstract Aerial Photos of Iceland by Ben Simon Rehn

Now based in Iceland, German photographer Ben Simon Rehn has unparalleled access to the evocative landscapes that lure creatives to the island. An adventurer at heart, the landscape photographer ventures out into the far reaches of the country—often by airplane—to get new views of Iceland. In two portfolios titled Art of Nature, Rehn unleashes his creative vision of the Icelandic landscape from above.

These incredible views show the abstraction that nature often causes, as winding rivers and melting ice create marvelous patterns. As Rehn flies above these glacial streams, it's often difficult for him to understand exactly what he's capturing until he lands. But more often than not, the results are spectacular. “Water and sediments washed out of the country create the most stunning forms and hues,” he writes. “Sometimes it all changes within hours.”

His adventures have also taken him to Greenland, where he's added to his abstract compositions. Lush green hills intermingle with images of glacial rivers, each photograph inviting the viewer to sit and ponder what they're actually witnessing. The aptly titled portfolios are a reminder that some of the best art doesn't come from humans, but from the power of the natural world.

Photographer Ben Simon Rehn often spends time taking aerial photos of Iceland from a small airplane.

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The abstract photographs capture the beauty of melting glaciers and glacial streams.

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They demonstrate the true artistry of nature.

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His work has also brought him to Greenland, where he’s captured its sheer beauty, too.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Ben Simon Rehn.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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