N54.563242, E18.228733 © Kacper Kowalski / Panos Pictures
N54.256735, E18.946881 © Kacper Kowalski / Panos Pictures
For Polish photographer Kacper Kowalski, a camera is an excuse to ascend 500 above the earth by gyroplane or paraglider, a way of defying the rules—be they the laws of gravity or the imposed restrictions of certain inaccessible areas, like chemical plants. When he flies, he pilots himself, simultaneously and painstakingly composing his aerial shots by hand. To either mount his camera to his aircraft or to surrender the position of pilot to someone else, he suggests, would be out of the question.