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The Australian photographer sublimates the beauty of sports and pools, of bodies and spaces, via extraordinary shots taken with drones.

Offering a never-seen-before, alternative view in his compositions is the singularity of Brad Walls. This Sydney native, who is blowing out his thirties this year, burst onto the photographic scene in spectacular fashion in 2019. His work, seen from the sky, experiments with negative space, symmetry, clean lines, and geometry in the world of sports. His compositions are beautiful and emotional, redefining traditional aerial techniques, like his series on artistic swimming, a discipline often filmed from the side, underwater or underwater. To capture these choreographed routines, he collaborated with Katrina Ann Abdul Hadi, Malaysian gold medalist at the Southeast Asian Games. Turning his attention to ballet, he proposes a subtle modulation of light by playing with the aesthetics of the tutu of Montana Rubin, member of the prestigious Australian Ballet, who seems to dance with her own shadow.

From the purity to the kaleidoscopic effect

Brad Walls’s fascination with surrealism, duplicity, minimalism, and color exudes from his work, playing with the grace of bodies and coordinated movements in visual and poetic flights of fancy. His photographs of squash and athletics from above offer yet another perspective. The first series takes on a retro-futuristic aesthetic, playing with the white lines and outfits of the players, while the second resembles musical scores. This Australian virtuoso’s latest project is a coffee table book, Pools From Above, an ode to the beauty of the shapes, colors, and textures of swimming pools in Australia and Southeast Asia. Brad Walls elevates the architectural characteristics of these bodies of water to the level of art, as if they had their own personality. A sublime work of art that pushes the limits to new heights.

Nathalie Dassa