Welcome to the drone age of photogrpahy, where the best shots are from 400 feet above the ground.
Miami Beach shadows, captured by Miami photographer Gabriel Sanchez (prints from $1,500, gabe-media.com)
If social media has taught us anything, it’s that finding your best angle is absolutely imperative. Take for example that vacation selfie in Bora Bora. Sure, you could pose in front of the crystal-clear water with a thatched hut in the background and the shadow of a coral reef in the distance. Easy enough. But what if you could view that same landscape from a totally different perspective? So much more epic. And therein lies the beauty of aerial photography. For years only photographers strapped to helicopters were capturing these unique points of view: Gray Malin in Australia, Andreas Gursky in Bahrain. And then came drones.
South Pointe Park, captured by Miami photographer Gabriel Sanchez (prints from $1,500, gabe-media.com)
“To me, it’s a different way of seeing the world,” says Gabriel Sanchez, a Miami-based drone fine art photographer. “We get so used to seeing things from our level and perspective. We rarely get the chance to see it from another.” Sanchez likes to focus on the contrast of the teal Atlantic mashing up against the white sand of South Beach, the symmetrical lines and weird shapes that make up our transit system, and shadows in repetition. Photographer Aaron Carter turns his drone down toward the Miami skyline, while Tom Roche is all up in the Milky Way.
With drones, you realize that everywhere there’s a visual story. You just need to see it from a new angle—and wave if you hear something buzzing overhead.