"I'm convinced that Mother Nature is the most sophisticated painter and see it as my mission to capture its beauty in its perfect form."
Aerial photographer based in Moscow, Stas Bartnikas graduated from the Moscow State University with a degree in Journalism. He worked as a correspondent in one of the country's largest newspapers, but after the collapse of the Soviet Union, he pursued a career in the development of various business projects in advertising and sales. Photography is an important part of his life that combines a love for traveling and a passion for aviation. During the past few years, Stas has been actively engaged in aerial photography while flying in light aircraft and helicopters in different parts of the world, visiting over 20 countries.
Stas is convinced that Mother Nature is the most sophisticated painter and he sees it as his mission to capture its beauty in its perfect form. He calls his style of photography “aero-art”.
"Aerial photography allows us to see places that are inaccessible on foot, shows a very different perspective and enables capturing the beauty of our Earth in its full glory and uniqueness."
Stas thinks that beautiful images portraying our planet invoke deep feelings of love, admiration and respect towards nature and people tend to protect what they love.
His shots were published in magazines across Russia and Europe such as Sunday Times Travel magazine, Maxim, GEO, Vanity Fair, Bild, View, L’Officiel Voyage and were featured in National Geographic’s Photo of the Day and Daily Dozen rubrics number of times. He also won multiple awards at the prestigious contests, such as NatGeo Photo Travel, IPA, TIFA, MIFA, PX3, Siena International Photo Awards. His pictures are also part of some privately owned collections.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist