Summer from the sky – two photographers inspiring us from above

Is it summer yet? Here in the south east of Britain some typing of this feature has been undertaken in a scarf, but with thoughts fixed optimistically on more summery views. Today we’re bringing you the work of two – as it happens German – photographers, who both take to the sky to shoot their subjects. The first series is Adria, so named after an Italian beach resort and shot by Munich-based Bernhard Lang – it brings to mind the colours of gelato and happiness. While holidaying in the area, the photographer’s eye was taken by how each hotel arranged its coloured beach umbrellas so that they create pleasing linear patterns. He returned to the resort a few years later to document it as a project.

The second story is Pools, by Stephan Zirwes, who flew over southern Germany and its private swimming pools to make a comment on one of earth’s most vital resources – water. The fact that in many corners of the world such pools are private and a potential waste of drinking water, while in other parts of the world water is lacking and so much needed, was the more serious point of discussion for the artist.

Bernhard Lang | Adria 13 | The Chromolgist

Bernhard Lang | Adria 10 | The Chromologist

Bernhard Lang | Adria 1 | The Chromologist

Bernhard Lang | Adria 18 | The Chromologist

Bernhard Lang | Adria 20 | The Chromologist

Bernhard Lang| Adria 4 | The Chromologist

Stephen Zirwes | babybecken-BB | The Chromologist

Stephen Zirwes | inselbad-sprungturm | The Chromologist

Stephen Zirwes | Sifi-sprungbecken | The Chromologist

Stephen Zirwes | Vaihinger-kinderbecken | The Chromologist

Pools, images from Feature Shoot.

Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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