Photographer Captures Summer Vibes in Minimal Aerial Series

Arts & Culture

Unique look into the lives of different people all over Melbourne

Ross Brooks
  • 25 july 2014

When the summer rolls around, it’s safe to say that most people will go in search of some water. Not only is a great place to cool off, but there are plenty of water-based activities that just aren’t as appealing in the dead of winter. To show what people get up to during the summer, photographer Tom Blachford has create a series of aerial images, many of which feature the ocean. Keep going for tons of great images, and see if you can spot your favorite water sport.

The photographs capture all cross-sections of society, from those who just want to relax in the sun, to those who prefer a bit of high-intensity running through the shallow water on the beach. As for the more adventurous bunch, there are people in kayaks, dinghies, sailboats and even something that looks like a submarine made out of wood (shown in the picture below).

Based out of Melbourne, the 26-year-old self-taught photographer captured the photos from a helicopter with no door during a 70 minute flight. The ride was a birthday present from his girlfriend, which would otherwise have cost $600 for a single hour. Blachford took over 1,200 photos from heights between 500 and 1000 feet above the ground or water.

There are other less summery images in the collection, but that doesn’t make them any less spectacular. Aerial views of the Melbourne suburbs, shipyards, and other points of interest around the city make for an extremely thorough look into the daily lives of people depending on where they live.

Blachford is keen to get even more photos of the city from the air, but he has to deal with the high price of getting airborne first. Considering he plans to create a book with a selection of photos from the flight, it might turn out to be a venture that pays for itself eventually.

Tom Blachford

[h/t] MailOnline

Images by Tom Blachford

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