Stunning Drone Photos Capture World Landmarks From a Bird’s-Eye-View

New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple captures the world from a bird's-eye-view in his gorgeous series titled Air. We've recently admired Chapple's eye-opening images of the coldest city in the world. Here, in warmer climates, he uses drone technology to snap stunning pictures high in the sky. Architectural accomplishments like the Taj Mahal, Lotus Temple, and Saint Petersburg's Hermitage Pavilion are all featured, along with some lesser-known locales. They're bathed in a glowing, soft light and cover an incredible distance.

Chapple was interested in consumer drones as soon as they hit the market. He bought one, learned how to fly it, and then started to travel the globe. These photographs were taken before drone photography was illegal or otherwise restricted. “There was a window of about 18 months where it was possible to fly these things anywhere and people were excited to see it. I'm glad I made use of that time,” Chapple explained to Business Insider.

With the current rules in place, this unique series now represents a fleeting genre of photography that offers a one-of-a-kind vantage point.

Above: The Lotus Temple in New Delhi, India

The star fort at Bourtange in the Netherlands

Taj Mahal in Agra, India

“Hill 3” in Mumbai, India

Saint Petersburg's Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood in Russia

Jama Masjid in New Delhi, India

Saint Petersburg's Hermitage Pavilion in Russia

Paris' Sacr-Cur in France

Saints Peter & Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia

Sagrat Cor Church in Barcelona, Spain

Amos Chapple website
via [designboom and Business Insider]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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