Side Effects' is a documentary project about the complex relationship between humans and nature. The photos were shot either from a paraglider or a gyroplane, some 500 feets above the ground, mainly in the area around Gdynia, in Poland, where I live. I explore answers to questions that deeply interest me: What is the natural environment for humans? Is it an untouched, virgin landscape? Or is it a landscape that has changed, adapted to human needs? I would like the project to be a starting point for discussion about what is good or bad in the relationship between humans and nature.
Born in 1977, Kacper Kowalski graduated with a degree in architecture, and was attracted to photography through his other passion - paragliding. He is a champion pilot and licensed paragliding instructor. As a photographer Kowalski focuses on aerial photography, using the unusual perspective and control over the picture that being pilot and photographer simultaneously gives him. He covers nature, environmental issues, regional development and ecology, making documentary stories that portray natural and social changes. His chief interests are fine-art photographs showing the abstract character of nature and urban areas. Kowalski has received several honors, including World Press Photo2009, Grand Press Photo, National Geographic. He is represented by Panos Pictures.