This Drone Photo Series Shows The Difference Between Rich And Poor Communities


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Photography done by using drone cameras has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years. Gorgeous cityscapes and mindblowing sceneries are captured using these aerial cameras. Photographer Johnny Miller, a South-African based freelancer, discovered a different face of this beauty recently. He has been using drone cameras to document the inequality around the globe and highlighted the difference between the housing of upper and lower class. He took his inspiration when he arrived in South Africa from the US in 2012 to study anthropology.

Miller said in an email, “For example, there are huge buffer zones that were created to keep different racial groups separate. I just thought that it was fascinating. So when I got the drone I February 2016, I had a spark of inspiration that perhaps I could capture those separations from a new perspective.”

The drones that have taken flight around the world to capture these shots include a DJI Inspire One drone, a DJI Mavic Pro, and a DJI M600 Pro with Hasselblad A6D attached to it. These drones have flown above Baltimore streets showing the impoverished areas artfully and above Mexico City showing the division between the upper class and lower class housing. Most of the shots in the photo series focus on South Africa, but he also showed some other metropolis like Mumbai, San Fransisco, and Seattle.

Miller said, “To paraphrase Barack Obama, inequality is the defining challenge of this generation. It’s not confined to one region of the world. It’s not confined to one group of people. Or one nation – it is intersectional, it is international. What I’m trying to do with this project is provide a visual language to discuss inequality. To help bring the topic into the public consciousness.”

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