29 June 2016
Joel Coleman is a photographer who thrives on creative adventures. Through the photographic artworks available from his gallery in Manly, he provides people with a way to connect to a time or a place that resonates with them. His fascination with the sea is what drives most of his photography as he travels throughout the world.
Coleman also has a reputation for creating beautiful aerial images of some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. For this series of aerial photography images, Joel decided to stretch the limits of modern digital cameras and photography as well as putting focus on an urban environment this time. His point of difference would be to photograph the city from a helicopter, at night. ‘Cityscapes are not something I would regularly photograph, however the platform of a helicopter combined with the night sky was an irresistible concept.’
There are so many reasons why photographing from a helicopter at night simply shouldn’t work. But get the mix of equipment, aircraft, pilot (and photographer) right and you can push the limits of a modern digital camera to produce photographs like these, showing the beauty of the built environment.
‘I wanted to photograph the city in a way that even people who live here, people that see this view regularly, would want to hang on their walls. Sydney is a special place for a lot of people, I think photographing it this way really adds to that.’