This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

A Solo Pilot's Breathtaking Photographic Project

Photography

Earlier today, we were spotlighting side hustles and giving you practical tips to kick your passion project into gear. This unique creative profile could not be a more inspiring follow-up.

Solo ‘photopilot’ Andrew Vukosav is a renowned commercial photographer and also a paraglider. Ten years ago he sought longer-range freedom, aka his pilot licence. Soon after earning his wings (with propellers), it seemed natural to combine a love of capturing beauty with newfound access to some of the most incredible landscapes in Australia.

Retrofitting the fuselage of ‘Valerie’, his Cessna 182RG, with an industrial digital camera, the adventurer has zig-zagged the continent on his days off over the past three years… And returned with Longitude, Latitude, Solitude, an exhibition of moving, large-scale art photographs available for all to view in South Melbourne.

22nd March, 2019

Ming Dragons. Photo – Andrew Vukosav.

Mingara. Photo – Andrew Vukosav.

Longitude, Latitude, Solitude is on exhibit at Magnum & Queens Wine until March 31st.

Andrew Vukosav with his 1982 Cessna 182RG, Valerie!.

The Serpent.  Andy drew staggering similarities between this image and a work by Simon Hogan, Lingka, that he witnessed at the 2016 NATSIAA exhibition.‘That painting has so many parallels to the photograph that I took; it is uncanny,’ explains Andrew. ‘He, and many of the other artist in that exhibition have a way of painting their country from an aerial view but draw on Dreamtime wisdom and astral travels. Many of them never been on planes, yet they have this incredible rich connection with the country that you can see in the way they depict landscapes.’ Photo – Andrew Vukosav.

Below. Photo – Andrew Vukosav.

Frome Flood. Photo – Andrew Vukosav.

Scratch. Photo – Andrew Vukosav.

Simpson Dunes. Photo – Andrew Vukosav.

The exhibition is currently on display at Magnum & Queens Wine in South Melbourne.

Wind Water. Photo – Andrew Vukosav.

Dragon. Photo – Andrew Vukosav.

Paisley Amadeus. Photo – Andrew Vukosav.

This passion project has given the photographer’s everyday work an edge. ‘All of a sudden it has excited me and reinvigorated me,’ he tells, adding that this couldn’t have come at a better time, with the current pressures of creative budget cuts.

Elle Murrell
Friday 22nd March 2019

‘I have always loved photography, but now that I have this creative escape, it has sharpened my commercial eye as well.’ – Andrew Vukosav.

‘As a kid, I thought photography was just magical,’ recalls Andrew Vukosavs, who did work experience at The Herald. He later left school to take up a position there as a photojournalist, focusing on sports. ‘… especially the darkroom, they had these fantastic machines that could produce you a print in a minute, it was astounding at that time!’

The lensman moved into advertising and commercial work, establishing his own business in 1989. He has gone on to shoot for the likes of Christian Dior, Singapore Airlines, Schwarzkopf, as well as contributed to a number of magazines including Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar.

A love of another ingenious invention, that of flight, has long been held by the Melbournian. Andy has competed in paragliding since his 20s and more recently decided to enroll at Moorabbin’s Royal Victorian Aero Club to earn his private pilot ticket. ‘It’s one of those things that’s really amazing to do – it gives you such freedom,’ he tells. ‘I can pretty much fly anywhere in a seven-hour range in one go, which can get me halfway to Broome!’

He has made seven trips across Australia, travelling a total of 46,000 kilometres and clocking up 185 hours in the air so far. Studying routes on Google Earth prior to departure has lessened the risk of missing something wonderful along the way. Though, when it comes down to it, the locations often appear dramatically different, ensuring it’s always an exciting adventure of discovery! ‘I tend to look for more abstract landscapes and try to find interesting order in the randomness,’ tells the photographer.

Initially, the solo pilot attempted the near-impossible feat of shooting out the window, ‘like driving along with your knee’ style! He ended up engineering a safer camera fixed to the plane’s underside and connected to an iPad in the cockpit. ‘It’s a bit of a clunky set-up. I don’t have a viewfinder as such, rather I’m inside the camera,’ he explains, detailing how he pitches the whole plane into position.

Not another drone-wielding tourist, Andy seeks out extremely remote, virtually untouched places that engage viewers’ imaginations. High enough to take in the landscape as a whole, his vantage is still distinct to that of a commercial passenger. Flying lower (at between 1,000 to 7,000 feet), he is able to capture vast, fantastic formations that appear as if they’re actually macro details. Sometimes he can’t even pick up air traffic control, which can be little confronting and lead to some what-would-Bear-Grylls-do-if questioning! ‘But It doesn’t really worry me, I have never had any close shaves,’ he assures.

Andy’s love affair with the ‘majestic’ Australia landscape revolves around its vastness, a key factor in putting people – just tiny little dots! – in perspective. The drastic diversity he has witnessed is also astounding. ‘Sometimes the little delineations seem so alien. The weather transforms so much.’

He hopes that Longitude, Latitude, Solitude will help foster a greater appreciation for our unique homeland and cause viewers to consider the impacts of climate change and thus support conservation efforts. ‘We are blessed to be in this country… everyone might be doing their best to wreck it, but there are these young kids going the other way, and I’m excited about that,’ he tells. ‘We need to make sure there is something left here for the generations to come.’

Longitude, Latitude, Solitude by Andrew Vukosav
Until March 31st
Magnum & Queens Wine
2/274 Coventry Street, 
South Melbourne, Victoria

Andrew Vukosav is currently looking for a Sydney site for May and is in discussion with Australian Embassies in Paris and Berlin. He’s looking at trips to Tasmania and back to Lake Eyre (as it starts filling up with water) next – follow on his website and Instagram.

Watch talented emerging filmmaker Thuy Vy’s ADFEST-award-nominated short film below.

This Week

News

Will Studd Makes Cheese Dreams Come True!

Where to find Aphrodite Galotyri – Will Studd’s new northern Greek, spreadable cheese that we CANNOT STOP EATING.
Amelia Barnes

Art

A Powerful New Photographic Exhibition From Edward Goldner

View stunning images of North West Africa in cinematographer Edward Goldner’s latest photography exhibition, Nājī.
Miriam McGarry

News

Dinner And Show With Ella Mittas And Blackhearts & Sparrows!

Experience a three-course Italian dinner and show in this special event.
Amelia Barnes
  17 hours ago

Architecture

An Elegant Extension To This Federation Home

Source Architects turn a regional Federation property into a light-flooded home with a garden pavilion, all within a year!
Miriam McGarry

Food

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Seasonal Flavours: Strawberries

Strawberries are back in season, and Julia shows us how to make the most of them, baked in a strawberry galette!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura
  4 hours ago

Events

Your First Look At 'Flowering Now' In Collingwood

Don't miss the second annual Flowering Now immersive installation – open this weekend only!
Amelia Barnes

News

Join Lindsay At The MOST Glamorous Magazine Launch!

It’s time to pull out your fancy dresses, for a couture gala at The Windsor’s Grand Ballroom to celebrate Lindsay’s fourth issue.
Miriam McGarry

Family

Alison Bell On The Joys And Humiliations Of Working Mum Life

Ashe Davenport talks with the co-creator and star of 'The Letdown' on ABC and Netflix, about turning her parenting struggles into a hit TV s...
Ashe Davenport

Gardens

Will Studd's Sub-Tropical Wonderland In Byron Bay

The cheese mogul's New South Wales garden is a vibrant mix of colours and textures.
Georgina Reid

Fundraiser

Robin Boyd Collection Furniture Goes Under The Hammer At Heide!

Register now to bid on one-of-a-kind pieces from the design legend later this month, at Heide Museum of Modern Art.
Lucy Feagins
  20 hours ago

Interiors

The Dreamiest Kitchens In The World

These incredible Australian kitchens took out four top prizes in the global Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest!

Art

Stephen Baker Presents ‘We’re In This Together’

Melbourne artist Stephen Baker opens a new exhibition in Fitzroy.
Amelia Barnes

Homes

A 1980s Beachside Brick Home Gets A Dreamy Renovation

Alex Bennett shares her beautifully renovated family home in Suffolk Park, not far from Byron Bay.

Architecture

An All-Seasons Beach House Designed For The Whole Family

Inside Whiting Architects' Dunes house – a beach house to suit up to 14 family members and all weather conditions!
Amelia Barnes
44.06

Podcast

TDF Talks with Street Artist, Rone

Lucy talks with one of Melbourne's most exciting artists about the evolution of his career, and making seemingly impossible things happen.
Lucy Feagins
  17 hours ago

View Comments

Similar Stories

Art

Brooke Holm · Salt and Sky

A new photographic series depicting UNESCO Heritage Site Shark Bay in Western Australia.
Lisa Marie Corso

News

'Time & Space' by Sean Fennessy

We’ve never held a TDF Collect exhibition like this before!

Creative People

Scott Newett · Tao Chien

The Melbourne-based photographer captures a pervading stillness in the world’s most populous state for an astounding new personal series a...
Elle Murrell

This Week

News

Join Lindsay At The MOST Glamorous Magazine Launch!

It’s time to pull out your fancy dresses, for a couture gala at The Windsor’s Grand Ballroom to celebrate Lindsay’s fourth issue.
Miriam McGarry

Architecture

An Elegant Extension To This Federation Home

Source Architects turn a regional Federation property into a light-flooded home with a garden pavilion, all within a year!
Miriam McGarry

Art

A Powerful New Photographic Exhibition From Edward Goldner

View stunning images of North West Africa in cinematographer Edward Goldner’s latest photography exhibition, Nājī.
Miriam McGarry

Gardens

Will Studd's Sub-Tropical Wonderland In Byron Bay

The cheese mogul's New South Wales garden is a vibrant mix of colours and textures.
Georgina Reid

Events

Your First Look At 'Flowering Now' In Collingwood

Don't miss the second annual Flowering Now immersive installation – open this weekend only!
Amelia Barnes

News

Will Studd Makes Cheese Dreams Come True!

Where to find Aphrodite Galotyri – Will Studd’s new northern Greek, spreadable cheese that we CANNOT STOP EATING.
Amelia Barnes
44.06

Podcast

TDF Talks with Street Artist, Rone

Lucy talks with one of Melbourne's most exciting artists about the evolution of his career, and making seemingly impossible things happen.
Lucy Feagins
  17 hours ago

Family

Alison Bell On The Joys And Humiliations Of Working Mum Life

Ashe Davenport talks with the co-creator and star of 'The Letdown' on ABC and Netflix, about turning her parenting struggles into a hit TV s...
Ashe Davenport

Food

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's Seasonal Flavours: Strawberries

Strawberries are back in season, and Julia shows us how to make the most of them, baked in a strawberry galette!
Julia Busuttil Nishimura
  4 hours ago

Interiors

The Dreamiest Kitchens In The World

These incredible Australian kitchens took out four top prizes in the global Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest!

News

Dinner And Show With Ella Mittas And Blackhearts & Sparrows!

Experience a three-course Italian dinner and show in this special event.
Amelia Barnes
  17 hours ago

Homes

A 1980s Beachside Brick Home Gets A Dreamy Renovation

Alex Bennett shares her beautifully renovated family home in Suffolk Park, not far from Byron Bay.

Fundraiser

Robin Boyd Collection Furniture Goes Under The Hammer At Heide!

Register now to bid on one-of-a-kind pieces from the design legend later this month, at Heide Museum of Modern Art.
Lucy Feagins
  20 hours ago

Architecture

An All-Seasons Beach House Designed For The Whole Family

Inside Whiting Architects' Dunes house – a beach house to suit up to 14 family members and all weather conditions!
Amelia Barnes

Art

Stephen Baker Presents ‘We’re In This Together’

Melbourne artist Stephen Baker opens a new exhibition in Fitzroy.
Amelia Barnes

Similar Stories

Art

Brooke Holm · Salt and Sky

A new photographic series depicting UNESCO Heritage Site Shark Bay in Western Australia.
Lisa Marie Corso

News

'Time & Space' by Sean Fennessy

We’ve never held a TDF Collect exhibition like this before!

Creative People

Scott Newett · Tao Chien

The Melbourne-based photographer captures a pervading stillness in the world’s most populous state for an astounding new personal series a...
Elle Murrell