Brad Walls is a 27-year-old photographer from Sydney, Australia who’s transitioning from landscapes to aerials. He recently released a new series of photos – an ode to the beauty found in the shapes, colors, and textures of swimming pools. A+A recently interviewed him about his work, via email:
What are you trying to achieve with these photos?
I want to push the boundaries of aerial photography.
Who was the client here?
For this series, there were resorts. But generally, “Pools from Above” was a personal project.
Why swimming pools?
I started taking images of pools two years ago on my travels around Southeast Asia for the sole purpose of collecting memories. It wasn’t until the end of 2019 when I picked up the best-selling Annie Kelly coffee table book, “Splash: The Art of the Swimming Pool,” that I began to refine the aesthetic and really focus on exposing the architectural features of each pool, and its own personality.
I knew there was an opportunity to be creative and move past the status quo of landscape and high elevation top-downs. There is this sweet spot that is out of reach for handhelds, but lower than helicopter aerials that I’m attracted to
My style is ever-evolving. Currently, my aesthetic focuses on minimal elements, clean lines and geometric patterns forming abstract compositions at times. I also enjoy experimenting with people as subject matter, I feel people, as subjects, are underutilized in aerial compositions.
Both architecture and people are still very new within the aerial discipline, because landscape photography is still very much the focus. I think that’s why I was drawn to this subject matter – it was exciting to push the boundaries and innovate with photography.
I’ve been inspired by Petra Leary as well as Costas Spathis in terms of composition and use of negative space. I also draw inspiration from non-aerial artists like Maria Svarbova – her series of ex-Soviet pools sparked my interest in pools from above. Most recently, I’m drawing inspiration from Alexis Christodoulou. It’s very easy to lose yourself in his 3-D architectural work.
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