Two cars, 70,000 miles, and a drone: How two brothers captured a new view of the world
Wolverhampton born brothers and adventure photographers, Mike and JP Andrews, aka Abstract Aerial Art, recently launched this ethereal series of photographs after returning from their travels around the world.
What started as a brief escape from the 9-5 rat race, and a whole lot of wanderlust searing through their veins, the Andrews brothers started their adventure by travelling across the globe to Australia to photograph the scenery they encountered, and document it all on a blog. It wasn’t until the pair began their travels across the vast country that things changed forever.
A month into their trip, and after many setbacks including drone flying restrictions, getting stuck in the mud 100 miles away from civilisation, finding themselves chasing storms and surrounded by wildfire, the pair had a chance to sit back and look at the images they had been capturing along the way. It wasn’t the regular landscape images that were holding their attention, but, in fact, it was the images they had been taking directly above the landscapes that stood out. It was at this point that Abstract Aerial Art was born.
Mike Andrews, one half of Abstract Aerial Art, said: “Arriving in Sydney and finding ourselves a second-hand vehicle, we set off into the outback with no survival skills at all, to film and photograph remote Australia. The adventures we went on were incredible, and we’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.
"However, not long into our trip, we came to realise we had a vast number of extremely unusual images which we had no idea what to do with, yet wanted to share with the world – when you look at scenery in a generic landscape format, whilst still incredible, it’s what everyone is used to seeing. When we realised how bizarre things look directly from above, we knew we had stumbled upon something special. The images we captured are magical, and the world deserves to see them."
Driving the circumference of the earth and then three quarters of the way back again certainly isn’t the same way that most Brits look for a new job, but Abstract Aerial Art has travelled the equivalent of driving from London to Sydney, and back again, twice, and have an armoury of stories to whet the appetite of even the most experienced traveller.
Looking at their photography is akin to looking at a sci-fi book filled with artist’s impressions of planets far from Earth. Landscapes become abstract bursts of colour and stripes and tropical seascapes echo the beauty of green agate slices. The most exciting thing about Abstract Aerial Art’s images is that, other than slight colour and contrast enhancements, none of their pieces are manipulated in any other way.
All images courtesy of Abstract Aerial Art