Sunbathers Shrunken to Specks in Aerial Photographs

Photographer Gray Malin‘s “A La Plage, A La Piscine” series shrinks sunbathers down to specks. Shot through open helicopter doors, Malin’s aerial photographs manage to capture serene patterns on the otherwise crowded beaches and pool decks of Europe, Australia, South America and the U.S.

While the photographer’s artist statement notes the color, light and shape of these “celebrations of summer,” one can’t help but also notice a pattern of what appears to be luxury and decadence in these photographs. From Las Vegas to Copacabana, the glitz of sunbathing seems to only be magnified when seen from above—which is, of course, ironic considering the scale of the people in these shots isĀ  shrunken down. The series is truly mesmerizing to look at, no matter what ultimately catches your eye.

(Beautiful/Decay, via Lenscratch)

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