14 stunning aerial photos of beaches around the world (15 pics)




Interesting objects that, with careful eye, can be framed to make beautiful art

Every beach has something that sets it apart. Photographer Gray Malin knows this firsthand. For h

Every beach has something that sets it apart.
Photographer Gray Malin knows this firsthand. For his latest book, “Beaches”, Malin spent hours hanging out of helicopters to take awe-inspiring photos of beach scenes all around the world.
“I have always loved geometry and am attracted to repetition, shape, and form,” Malin told Business Insider. “For me, the beach is a blank canvas made of interesting objects that, with careful eye, can be framed to make beautiful art.”  
Malin ended up traveling to 10 different countries, including Brazil, Australia, Spain, and South Africa.   Ahead, see some of the stunning aerial photos he captured for his new book. 
Malin traveled to ?20 cities, 10 countries, and six continents to capture these gorgeous images.

 Camps Bay Beach, South Africa Malins passion for aerial photography was born in 2011, when he

Camps Bay Beach, South Africa
Malins passion for aerial photography was born in 2011, when he was struck by inspiration while overlooking a huge swimming pool from a hotel balcony. He was instantly inspired by the colorful scenes, splashing swimmers, and geometric patterns that he saw.

 Sydney, Australia Rather than taking these interesting shots using a drone, Malin photographe

Sydney, Australia
Rather than taking these interesting shots using a drone, Malin photographed each one from a doorless helicopter.

 Miami, Florida He would spend an hour and a half up in the air, leaning over the edge to capt

Miami, Florida
He would spend an hour and a half up in the air, leaning over the edge to capture these scenes of summer bliss.

 Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain
“It is an incredible feeling when you are up in the sky seeing such beautiful landscapes come to life inside ?the lens,” Malin said. “It is easy to forget that youre leaning from a shaking helicopter.”

 Dubai, UAE The process of photographing from a helicopter is very intense and comes with many

Dubai, UAE
The process of photographing from a helicopter is very intense and comes with many complications.

 Coogee Beach, Sydney, Australia Malins hair often hits him in the face, and his eyes tear up

Coogee Beach, Sydney, Australia
Malins hair often hits him in the face, and his eyes tear up heavily from the wind. He has to simultaneously direct the pilot through a headset so that he can fly at certain angles and get the photograph he wants.

 Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia He photographs everything with a digital camera, so he has to

Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia
He photographs everything with a digital camera, so he has to move his fingers as fast as possible to find the correct settings for the harsh lighting. “And dont even get me started on the focus!” Malin said.

 Rimini, Italy Malins favorite beach to photograph is Rio de Janeiro because of how lively the

Rimini, Italy
Malins favorite beach to photograph is Rio de Janeiro because of how lively the shore is.

 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
“?I loved seeing the beaches of Rio De Janeiro from above,” Malin said. “They are so incredibly packed with life and spirit from sunrise to sunset. It is truly a beach city.”

 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Malin found it very interesting that some cultures rarely use beach um

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Malin found it very interesting that some cultures rarely use beach umbrellas, while others rely on them.

 Coney Island, New York

Coney Island, New York
“Sydney has very few beach umbrellas in many of my photos, while Italian beaches are covered with endless rows,” Malin said. “Also, the distance between clusters of people laying on the beach is greatly varied depending on the culture or region.”

 Barcelona, Spain Malin encountered some challenges while photographing for this book, but he

Barcelona, Spain
Malin encountered some challenges while photographing for this book, but he never gave up.

 Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica, California
“I have learned to never give up, which is the attitude needed in order to bring a series like this to life,” Malin said. “I love my job and it has been a real journey, which I am thrilled to be able to share in a book format for people all over the world to enjoy.”

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