An Outrageous Beauty


An interview with David Bard

“I hope that one day we will appreciate honest things again, just beautiful for what they are.”

As drone photography becomes more ubiquitous, an aerial image isn’t engaging in and of itself, in the same way it may have been when overhead images were the reserve of those who could go to the expense of hiring a helicopter. It takes something a little more special to arouse our attention and imaginations.

The work of David Bard, a young architect from Switzerland, does just that. Photographing desolate industrial landscapes with a meticulous eye for composition, his images highlight the terrifying immensity of these systems that support our modern world – the top-down perspective drawing out both their complexity and a strange aesthetic allure that on the one hand celebrates human ingenuity, and on the ot