TRACES OF DISAPPEARED RIVERS Span, Cantillana. Mediadrumimages / Milan Radisics

By Mark McConville


THESE ABSTRACT aerial images depict the beauty of the earth as it is shaped by the water around it.


Stunning pictures show a red mud storage pond with incredible colour, a bright green radioactive water and outlines across the water’s surface that bear a striking resemblance to trees.

Spain, Cadiz, Puerto Real, Isla Trocadero.
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Other incredible photographs show a heart-shaped island and geothermal hot spring, a water colour painting effect of the estuarine deposits and floating icebergs that look like diamonds against a drab background.


The remarkable snaps are part of the Water.Shapes.Earth project by photographer Milan Radisics which turns meandering waterways all over the world into amazing abstract images.

Croatia, Turany.
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“Long ago the whole Earth was covered with water,” said the team at Water.Shapes.Earth.


“Water flows, shapes its way, and passes off, influencing our life. Starting from melting glaciers, water searches out the sea. Through the rocky mountains, muddy marshes and the dry rivers and finally finishing its journey in beautiful estuaries.

Iceland, Hoffellsjökull Glacier.
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“The aerial point of view reveals the real character of landscapes. Coastal plains and tidal areas become masterpieces in abstraction, often unknown to those who only see them from an everyday perspective.


“In the lagoons we can see the beautiful shapes made by the flow of water, and at the same time we can observe how water influences agriculture, industry, tourism, architecture, natural habitats of animals and our lives in general.”

Water is missing here, but the shapes were made by lava flowing from the Laki Eruption in 1783. It is crossed by the famous and only national road No1, lit by the huge reflector called Sun. The image is quite telling about the diversity of the planet where we live.
Iceland, Skaftáreldar.
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The project also aims to highlight that the precious commidty, water, is quickly disappearing from our planet.


“If we don’t act responsibly, one day water will disappear, and we will only see traces of it,” added the team.

Iceland, Affall River.
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“This is what the WATER.SHAPES.EARTH is about. It is art of the water shaped planet.


“Our goal is to open new perspectives while sharing stories, revealing places, and changing minds.”

Where the Affall River meets the Atlantic Ocean, there is a confluence of three coloured tributaries that wind through various farmlands. Together they casually flow to the ocean across the black sandy beach. Landeyjar area, Southern Iceland.
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