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Bondi Beach


Sydney’s most famous strip of sand is seen by this local lensman from different angles at different times: at sunrise from the sand, during peak season from a helicopter and, as a storm looms, while standing in the parking lot.

Published on Oct 29, 2013

Inner Calm
Sydneysider Tan has been taking photos of Bondi since 1999 nearly every morning—including this one on which the wind howled at 30 knots, scaring everyone off, save a lone parked Kombi…shades drawn, backpackers inside fast asleep.

Human Quilt
Australia’s most famous beach is democratic and, often, packed. This was the busiest day Tan recalled seeing all year. “You’ve never seen so many hungover people in your life,” he says.

Big Crowd, Small Scale
On this super-hot day, Tan snapped this image from a helicopter, going low with a tilt shift lens to make the people look miniature.

The Magic Hour
Filled with spectacularly pink sunrises, May is one of the best times of year on Bondi—an aboriginal word meaning “water breaking over rocks.” Heading into the cooler month, crowds thin leaving mainly locals to enjoy the crisper air.


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