Water.Shapes.Earth: Aerial photography series documents the world’s waterways

Water.Shapes.Earth is an aerial photography series documenting water, which showcases the way in which the element shapes the planet.

Hungarian photographer Milan Radisics gives an aerial perspective of the water element – how water flows, shapes its way, and passes off – through the rocky mountains, muddy marshes, tidal streams and estuaries.

The aerial photographer captures the grace and elegance of water from above through photographs of tidal streams in Venice Lagoon, Italy, which wind effortlessly around mosaic-like shapes, and the turquoise blue waters of a mini lagoon in the Adriatic Sea.

But the stark reality which most of Milan Radisics photographs show is the impact of climate change and human interaction on water. There’s the bright green radioactive pond that stores industrial waste in southern Spain; a depleted natural salt lake, Lake Mirzaladi, Azerbaijan; and in Iceland, melting ice, remnants of a collapsing glacier, float  motionlessly in the mud-coloured brown glacier lake.

For the Water.Shapes.Earth project, Milan Radisics and his team travelled across Europe, as well as Azerbaijan, to develop a narrative on water. The photographic series is as much about raising awareness of the destructive tendencies of humans towards the environment, as much as it is awe-inspiring.

Milan Radisics said: “The aerial point of view reveals the real character of landscapes. Coastal plains and tidal areas become masterpieces in abstraction, often unknown to those who only see them from usual perspective. In the lagoons we can see beautiful shapes made by flow, and in the same time we can observe how water influencing agriculture, industry, tourism, architecture, natural habitats of animals and our lives in general.

“If we don’t act responsibly, one day water will disappear, and we will see only the traces of it. This is what the Water.Shapes.Earth is about. It is art of the water shaped planet. Our goal is to open new perspectives while sharing stories, revealing places, and changing a minds a bit.”


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea


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