From the Archive: An Aerial Perspective on the Maldives

Maldives aerial. © www.thomaspickard.com

Maldives aerial. © www.thomaspickard.com

While aerial photographs taken with photographic drones are all the rage these days, this photo was taken in the days prior to such incredible technology. Yep, that’s right, it was taken out the window of a plane. A Twin Otter seaplane to be exact.

At the time, I was returning from a two-day shoot at a resort for Sri Lankan Airlines Magazine. The weather was perfect and I had managed to grab a window seat in front of the Twin Otter’s propellers. With a high overhead sun, the waters of the Maldives were simply stunning. This local boat or dhoni, came into view and I had just enough time to take two photographs.

While originally published in Serendib, the inflight magazine of Sri Lankan Airlines, this photo was subsequently published by Outside Magazine (US Edition) and it also graced the cover of Maldives Finder, a magazine style travel directory.

Of all the aerial photos I have taken in the Maldives, this is my favourite.