We’re aware that some of our blog readers live in the northern hemisphere but here where we are, in Cape Town, it’s cooking. Since we’re on deadline with our Trends Issue and a trip to the beach is out of the question until the middle of next week, we’re having to imagine ourselves lying under that turquoise beach umbrell in the top right hand corner. Or could it be the yellow one?

This collection of beaches and pools shot by photographer Gray Malin makes one want to simply dive right in, doesn’t it?

“Shooting from doorless helicopters, this series has been photographed around the world from the U.S to Brazil to Australia. From above, a simple beach or pool becomes a blank canvas that allows me to start seeing the world as art,” says Gray. People and objects become patterns creating repetition, shape and form. These photographs are visual celebration of colour, shape – and summer bliss.”

Chuck us another heatwave, please.

For another view on summer living, see our Summer Issue No. 87, on sale now.

All images courtesy of Maison Gray via here.