Visual Communication in Society


Views from the Blue

Animal Interactions

  • 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.


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  • 25.08.2021

    I’m sorry to say that this could have been taken from ground level. Sharp nevertheless, and the clouds form a nice background.

  • 08.07.2021

    A better image to discuss this idea would be a closer shot of a bird in flight with no ground co-ordinates

  • 16.06.2021

    Deterriorialising? Renarrativising? Who wrote these descriptions?

  • 10.06.2021

    Do not think it say’s anything new.
    Nice picture though.

  • 01.06.2021

    the drama through motion, colour and contrast is stunning!

  • 25.05.2021