07/27/2012 02:38 pm ET

Gray Malin Depicts Summer Bliss With Photography Series 'A La Plage, A La Piscine' (PHOTOS)

Photographer Gray Malin travels the world snapping the most luxurious beaches and pools from a bird's eye view. Once we shook off our initial pangs of jealousy, we became entranced by the beachscapes as seen from this playful new perspective.

Beyond just showing summer at its best, the images turn real life scenarios into abstract planes of color and shape, as colorful umbrellas, towels and tiki huts form patterns on the expansive sand and sky scenes below us. As Malin said in an email to HuffPost Arts, "A simple beach or pool becomes a blank canvas that allows me to start seeing the world as art." (As if we needed another reason to love the beach.)

See a slideshow of the work below, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section: