Visual Communication in Society


Views from the Blue

Access to Inaccessible Places

  • Benbulbin, Ireland
  • Taken by Niall Timony, 10/02/21
  • source: facebook

Through their unique flight paths and movements, drones have opened up access to inaccessible places, producing never-before-seen views of certain landscapes or buildings. These unique perspectives emphasise the need to reappraise the negative association between drones and remote locations (accentuated by warfare) and, instead, think about how, when used commercially, access to inaccessible places can enhance and remake existing relationships with landscape.

Benbulbin is a large flat-topped rock formation in County Sligo, Ireland. To date, most shots of the mountain have been taken from its front side. Drone flight has made it possible to capture new views of this mountain from the back (as seen in this image). This seldom seen perspective allows viewers to inscribe the space with personal meaning, creating new understandings of the landscape that is out of bounds or hard to access in real life.


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  • 08.07.2021

    Could you explain the idea of the ‘front’ and ‘back’? Given the presence of buildings, fields etc in the foreground, why is the ‘back’ somehow “seldom seen”?

  • 11.06.2021

    2nd bad picture. Colour way off.

  • 10.06.2021

    Yes, a different perspective, not a very exhilarating shot.
    But does show what can be done with a drone.
    if we were up the side of a mountain nearby the pic could have been the same. Will we get the dark side of the moon one day from a drone?

  • 01.06.2021

    awe-inspiring view with such depth of perspective and colour range

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  • 25.05.2021

    Lovely photo

  • 25.05.2021

    Lovely scenery

  • 25.05.2021

    Big sky

  • 25.05.2021

    Amazing sky

  • 17.05.2021

    Beautiful photo. I had no idea Ireland had scenery like this. Really goes to show how drones have made it possible to capture some truly incredible images.