Water makes up the majority of the Earth, shaping the planet and its life in plenty of ways. When seen from above, waterways can create stunning images that tell stories of our home planet. Water.Shapes.Earth is a project by photographer Milan Radisics which turns the meandering waterways all over the world into amazing abstract images. They won’t just grab your attention with their beauty, but also make you think about how important water is and how much we should all try to save it.
The project revolves entirely around water and the ways it shapes our lives and our planet.
“Water flows, shapes its way, and passes off, influencing our life. Starting from melting glaciers, water searching his way to find a sea. Through the rocky mountains, muddy marshes and the dry areas rivers finish their ways in beautiful estuaries.”
Milan Radisics is a NatGeo contributing photographer behind this project, and his aerial images show the beauty and diversity of waterways in different countries. But sadly, they also show that water is disappearing. I found two images from Serbia, showing the Danube River I recently photographed from above myself. This summer and fall, the river reached its lowest level ever. As a consequence, beautiful sand formations were revealed, and many locals rushed to take photos. While the phenomenon is unseen and incredibly photogenic, it’s actually “a really serious warning,” Radisics writes. “Water is disappearing.”
Before taking photos, the team that works on the project with Radisics does a research and figures out the ways to get to each location. Once on location, they spend a lot of time looking for the best place and waiting for the perfect light conditions that will make the best out of the photographed places. The images show known sights from new perspectives or reveal phenomena that haven’t been seen before, just like those sand formations I mentioned above.
Take a look at more gorgeous images of the project below. Enjoy their beauty, but also let them remind you how important water is for all the life on our beautiful planet. I had a hard time choosing which photos to share since they are all gorgeous. So, I suggest you visit Water.Shapes.Earth’s website and Instagram profile to see more of them.