Leah Kennedy Turns Deserts into Abstract Paintings

Wednesday October 23, 2019 Written by Kit


Australian photographer Leah Kennedy hangs out of a biplane, high above the sand dunes of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast, camera pointed back to Earth. It’s just another day in the office.

The aerial photographer has built a rep for stunning vertiginous pics, usually thanks to some fancy drone-work. But on a recent trip to Namibia, she hired an airplane instead. The results surprised even her. “I have always been interested in abstraction and duality in photography, and aerial photography affords me both of these qualities,” Kennedy told My Modern Met. “The resulting images are, at least temporarily, removed from their reality they take on different forms and in some cases appear to be of microscopic origins.”


They do look like skin samples under a microscope. Or maybe ethereal, abstract paintings, hanging tastefully in the sitting room of your unconscious mind.


Nah, definitely skin samples.


You can check out more of Kennedy’s high-flying photography on her website and Instagram.