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