Views from the Blue
- Hartenbos, Western Cape, South Africa
- Taken by Ellie French, 27/01/21
- source: facebook
As drones fly through the sky, they have the potential to come into contact and interact with birds who inhabit the same space. These perspectives force a critical examination of the interconnection between humans, nature and geography and can make us as viewers feel like ‘intruders’ into a space that we do not fully own.
This photo, taken in Cape Town, South Africa at sunrise, captures a flock of birds in mid-flight with their wings outstretched. The birds appear as black shadows against the sky, only their contours visible to observers. With the absence of the ground below, the birds create a different interpretation of the city landscape, deterriorialising cities by reminding us that we as humans are not the only inhabitants and renarrativising geography as focus is brought to the non-humans who inhabit the same space.
I’m sorry to say that this could have been taken from ground level. Sharp nevertheless, and the clouds form a nice background.
A better image to discuss this idea would be a closer shot of a bird in flight with no ground co-ordinates
Deterriorialising? Renarrativising? Who wrote these descriptions?
Do not think it say’s anything new.
Nice picture though.
the drama through motion, colour and contrast is stunning!