The shape of water: Stunning aerial photography project shows how the Earth is shaped by water

Through a collection of abstract aerial images, this stunning photography series showcases how water shapes the world.

Whether it be estuaries or flowing rivers, marshes or lagoons, Milan Radisic’s beautiful subjects would look right at home in a modern art gallery.

PIC BY MILAN RADISIC / CATERS

PIC BY MILAN RADISIC / CATERS

They include the vibrant reds of a mud storage ponds and the apparent purples of a veiny salty marsh – all shot from above in intense clarity.

Shooting the series, ‘Waters.Shapes.Earth.’, has taken 50-year-old Milan to 11 countries – including Iceland, Spain, Italy, Serbia and his native Hungary.

The idea do the series came prize-winning photographer Milan while he was shooting a project on drained fishponds.

He said: “I saw fragility of the water and then this came together with my passion for flying.

PIC BY MILAN RADISIC / CATERS

PIC BY MILAN RADISIC / CATERS

“I could use this new, aerial perspective to express my passion for water, to reveal unseen places, to surprise people.

“It would be a global topic, and I knew the story I had to tell.”

Through his work, Milan hopes to show his own ‘unique vision of the world’.

Discovering such abstract locations requires hours of research, Milan said, mainly involving a deep search through satellite imagery.

PIC BY MILAN RADISIC / CATERS

PIC BY MILAN RADISIC / CATERS

Once the artist has selected a location, Milan then uses what he calls a “lawnmower technique” to shoot the surrounding area.

This technique involves flying over a strategic, pre-determined point, taking a number of images that can then be overlapped.

Through this technique, the finished works can contain up to 140 million pixels, Milan said.

He added: “Water flows, shapes its way, and passes off, influencing our life.

“Starting from melting glaciers, water searches its way to find the sea.

PIC BY MILAN RADISIC / CATERS

PIC BY MILAN RADISIC / CATERS

“Through the rocky mountains, muddy marshes and the dry areas, rivers finish their way in beautiful estuaries.”

By looking at the fragility of some of his subjects, too, the photographer hopes others will rethink their approaches to conservation and to see the beauty in the natural world.

Going forward, he plans to travel to the likes of Greece, Albania and Montenegro to expand the series.

Milan, who lives in Budapest, Hungary, said: “Water is huge topic, and there are so many sites to work on.

“The water crisis is present everywhere.

“Parallel to field work, we will work on organising exhibitions, presentations, festivals, and book editing.

“So, many plans for 2019, but first of all is the need to build strong and unique visuals to our stories.

“This is our power.”