Stas Bartnikas has only been practicing the art of aerial photography for about five years but in a remarkably short time this Moscow-based former journalist has produced an incredible collection of images highlighting glorious and surreal sights of over 15 countries from above.
Bartnikas dubs his style “aero-art” and his work is primarily captured using small planes or helicopters. His ability to find magnificent patterns created by nature manages to deliver abstract and unique perspectives on places that are frequently inaccessible to many of us ground dwellers.
Although a small amount of his work is captured using a drone, Bartnikas stresses the old-school value of actually getting up into the air himself and looking down with a camera in his hand. While some drone photography is convenient in local settings Bartnikas is often frustrated by the limited flight range of the technology.