Water Views




Released June 14, 2022
Format: Hardcover;
Size: 254 x 203 mm (10 x 11.5 in);
Pages: 240 pp; 
ISBN: 9781580936002

Journey high above the world’s most unforgettable waterscapes with this spectacular collection of aerial water and flyfishing photographs from Winston Rod Company’s David Ondaatje.

Water Views: Rivers, Lakes, Oceans  is a breathtaking overview of the most striking bodies of water from around the world, including dramatic flyfishing photographs taken in Montana, Idaho, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Belize, Mexico and the Bahamas. These stunning aerial images celebrate the world’s waterways, shorelines, and their surrounding landscapes as Ondaatje explored with and without a fly rod, sharing his deep personal affection for solitude, the unspoiled beauty of the wilderness, and the aesthetic marvel of coastal water patterns across a wide range of climates and topographies.

Ondaatje’s photographs marry remote drone photography with fresh artistic vision. Illustrated with 150 extraordinary photographs, Water Views is organized thematically into ten evocative chapters: Beaches , Waves , California Dreaming , Floating , Wilderness , Western Trout , Overhead Angling , The Flats , Developed Waterfront , and Emerald Escapes.

Throughout the book, Ondaatje voices his concerns about the threat climate change poses to our aquatic wilderness areas. He worries that many of the places he has photographed in the past few years are already no longer the same, and his photographs remind us of the fragility of our river systems and what is at stake.

A new book from Monacelli, Water Views is a fascinating and restorative exploration from above of the fragile beauty of water and the growing need for us to do more to preserve it.

About Monacelli 

As a leading publisher of illustrated books for twenty-five years, Monacelli has challenged the conventions of publishing to produce provocative, inspiring, and essential titles on architecture, visual art, interior design, landscape architecture, photography, and applied arts. In 2020, Monacelli became an imprint of Phaidon.

WATER VIEWS – Released on June 14, 2022
by David Ondaatje
published by Monacelli, a Phaidon company
Format: Hardcover
Size: 254 x 203 mm (10 x 11.5 in)
Pages: 240 pp
ISBN: 9781580936002
Retail price: $45




  1. Adam Hutchison

    “I find David Ondaatje’s photographs beautifully disorienting and hypnotic. As views from the sky are not a perspective that humans can have without the aid of machines—they make me dizzy with dreams of being a soaring bird, privy to these almost secretive views. They are dreamscapes, moody air and nervous waters frozen in time, yet dynamic with color and form. New visions of our beautiful earth on every page, many of them reflections of our environments, the mirrored surface being the first form of representation, drawings made by nature.”


  2. Adam Hutchison

    “Ondaatje’s stunning photos perfectly capture the pristine beauty of salmon rivers and the importance of protecting these watersheds in the face of our rapidly changing climate, not just for the sake of the salmon, but ourselves too. Ondaatje’s message is one of hope, but only if we act now.”


  3. Adam Hutchison

    “David Ondaatje has the unparalleled ability to capture the true wilderness environments of the legendary Steelhead rivers of British Columbia’s Skeena System. The magical view from above really puts these impressive landscapes into perspective.”


  4. Adam Hutchison

    “Ondaatje’s Water Views gives us a bird’s eye perspective of the magnificence and fragility of our most important resource. In photographing our rivers, he captures both their beauty and our reverence for clean, flowing water, echoing our mission to conserve, protect, and restore Montana’s world-class fisheries and their watersheds.”

    —Chris Edgington, Jefferson Watershed Project Manager, Montana Trout Unlimited

  5. Adam Hutchison

    “Beyond the sublime aesthetics, Ondaatje’s work captures a segment of the all-encompassing relationship our lives share with water… and the fundamental dependence therein.”
    — Big Hole River Foundation

  6. Adam Hutchison

    “Ondaatje enlightens us with an alternate way of seeing.“

    — Rose Shoshana, Founder, ROSEGALLERY

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