Visual Communication in Society


Views from the Blue

Defamiliarising the Familiar

  • Russia
  • Taken by Maksim Tarasov, 26/10/20
  • source: skypixel

As drones move across the sky, their 360-degree aerial view is able to capture everyday scenes from new perspectives. Drones can reveal interesting patterns, shapes and contours of the land that are not possible to gauge from ground level. In doing so, they defamilarise the familiar and foster a deeper encouragement with our surroundings, making us engage with them in new ways.

At first glance, it is hard to distinguish what this image represents. The smooth white backdrop with a jagged black circle and veiny lines bulging from its centre outwards suggests a close-up of an eye, a cell, a virus, a tumour or even a planet from outer space. The image is, in fact, of a frozen lake in central Russia. Captured from this unique angle, the image offers a new ways of seeing that reshapes our geographical imaginations and understanding of the world around us.


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  • 09.09.2021

    I thought this was an eye. very cool

  • 02.07.2021

    a very intriguing image

  • 23.06.2021

    Just wow. I like the white-dark contrast

  • 16.06.2021

    For those wondering, this is a fronzen lake as stated in the source link.

  • 15.06.2021

    This image adds to our knowledge of the world, and provides some justification for the use of drone photography which otherwise may be regarded as intrusive.

  • 11.06.2021

    Surely this whole thing is some kind of joke !

  • 10.06.2021

    Great shot.
    You would never know it was taken from a drone.
    A new take on landscape photography.
    Although probably done before only in macro

  • 10.06.2021

    Great take on a new landscape. These are the special things about drone images, you wouldn’t know it was a drone image.

  • 08.06.2021

    Creative, interesting photo. Great eye!

  • 02.06.2021

    the eye looking back

  • 01.06.2021

    patterns in nature = art

  • 27.05.2021

    what is it?!! the pupil of an eye?

  • 25.05.2021

    Don’t see what it is

  • 17.05.2021

    Fascinating image. I’d have had no idea what this was without the description!