Over the weekend, two military aviators, known only as DroneArt31, opened one of the first art shows to only feature photographs taken by drone. The duo previously won a DJI photography contest with their picture “Lost” (inset) and from there realized they might be on to something.
“We realized that some of the stuff we were creating was really, really aesthetically pleasing,” one pilot explained to LAWeekly. “A lot of what we’ve achieved and created is very different from anything else you’ll see in aerial photos.”
It’s nothing out of the ordinary to use drones to capture wedding photos or an aerial selfie but, in taking a strictly artistic approach, DroneArt31 has championed a new angle for UAS photography (pun intended).
Even so, the pair is trying to maintain anonymity. Perhaps it is because they are active members of the military or perhaps they are trying to distance themselves from the negative light in which drones are often cast by the mass media and society as a whole.
From such a distance, DroneArt31 hopes to spark some conversation.
“People are scared of something they don’t understand.”
To get people talking and help them understand, DroneArt31 cuts right to the heart of the public’s concern with drone tech: privacy.
Galleries like “Le Voyeur,” which features pictures of a woman taken through her bedroom window, are sure to spark some debate.
“We have yet to see anyone else trying to [use drones] to create art, and we hope it turns out to be something amazing that will spark that conversation and debate,” say the artists.
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com