Drones conjure up an entire host of images and ideas that, in general, are not favourable. Drone strikes are the face of what modern warfare pushes towards: impersonal, distance killing. The ability to eliminate a target from miles away, watching from a computer screen. Drones are not friendly in their design or implementation. With cameras attached, they are tiny, buzzing spies that should cause a great deal of unease for most people, and it’s not difficult to draw comparisons between the uses of drones and the omnipresence of Orwell’s Big Brother. But that might seem to be exaggerating their threat, because so far, the truth is that, people have accepted drones. They have become, in very quick succession, a common feature of technology.
A way in which they are considerably less threatening, is in the pursuit of art. DJI Photography, a company that sells and rents drones to photographers, ‘the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology’, ran their Aerial Photography Contest from September 5th to October 31st, and from this, will choose five winners. The entries were posted on Instagram accompanied by #mymavicpro, and the selected winners will each receive a DJI Mavic Pro – an expensive drone.
The contest is in collaboration with National Geographic, who do so only to ‘go ‘above and beyond’ to push the limits of human potential and provide our fans with new perspectives, but also to champion new technologies with the potential to have a positive impact on taking us all further.’ The photographs taken for the DJI competition are impressive, and of course, the shots would have been impossible otherwise without a helicopter flyover, but I trust drones about as much as I trust CCTV camera on every street – a dose of paranoia with side effects of doing us some good.
Featured Photo Credit – @souvikduttaphotography