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Photo: @saltywings

'Eerily beautiful:' Images show iconic Sydney beaches completely empty

Kristine Tarbert
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

With Aussies currently staying at home, spectacular images have captured some of the most iconic beaches in the country like you’ve never seen them before - completely empty.

Beaches including Bondi and Coogee are capable of drawing crowds in their thousands on any given day but ever since social isolation and restrictions have forced us to stay away we’ve been able to get a glimpse of them in their most natural and surreal state.

Photographer and founder of Salty Wings, Jampal Williamson, has captured some of Sydney’s most popular eastern suburb beaches from a helicopter in early April and shared the images online.

“I wanted to capture Sydney’s iconic beaches in their natural, untouched state,” Jampal said.

“The result revealed a collection of eerily beautiful stills. A moment in time most of us will never forget.

“It was incredible to see these deserted beaches in an isolation all of their own when they would otherwise be absolutely packed to the rafters.”

Providing a uniquely Australian insight into the unprecedented time of the coronavirus, the collection is juxtaposed with photos taken prior to self-isolation showing the stark difference between before and after Sydneysiders were encouraged to stay home. 

Photographer Jampal hopes his shots capture a positive aspect of the current situation in Australia and showcase Sydney’s incredible natural beauty.

Having spent the start of 2020 travelling across Australia to photograph the Eastern coastline, Jampal made the decision to self-isolate in NSW after his home state of Western Australia announced it was closing its state border. 

A selection of the photos are now available to order as prints on the Salty Wings website with more images from the shoot scheduled to be made available in the coming week. 

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