Visual Communication in Society


Views from the Blue

Panoramic Views

  • Borrego Springs, USA
  • Taken by Eric Hanscom, 4/06/2014
  • source: facebook

The drone’s multidirectional motility means that it can create interesting panoramic views as objects and bodies bend as they approach the lens and move away from it again. This encourages a form of ‘performative cartography’ as our experience-based and location-oriented practices are performed through mapping and seen in an interactive 3D rather than flat 2D perspective. Unlike previous forms of aerial photography, drones also have the potential to capture landscapes from 360-degree perspectives, offering exciting and innovative ways of seeing the world around us.

In this image, taken in Borrego Palm Canyon (USA), the horizon and surrounding desert curve in a semicircle, the road cutting through the landscape appearing as if it will drop off the end of the earth. The perspective offers a dense material encounter between the drone, technology and the environment, directly involving viewers and transforming the drone from an apparatus into a co-maker of visual material, a subject with agency in a narrative process.


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  • 13.09.2021

    so cool

  • 09.09.2021

    Strange as my eyes went to the man in the middle of the shot, before the huge monster…

  • 01.09.2021

    Not a very satisfying photograph to look at

  • 27.08.2021

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  • 18.08.2021

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  • 02.07.2021

    Agree with previous commenter – it’s the photographer who is to be credited for this shot. The drone is merely the tool enabling great angles.

  • 12.06.2021

    Great shot: Fantastic composition. But be careful of over-theorising in your description. The material intervention of the drone in the creative photographic process is obvious and does not need restating. Photographer rules OK! – Not the drone.

  • 11.06.2021

    Not worth commenting on.

  • 10.06.2021

    Personally, I don’t think the picture offers anything new.
    it not a particularly well-exposed pic, too much contrast.
    It’s just a fisheye on a long pole.

  • 09.06.2021

    So the Loch Ness monster has emigrated to the U.S.A.

  • 09.06.2021

    Not 360 degree view but only about 120; if 360 the opposite sides of the picture would join up. Just a non-orthographic wide angle view.

  • 01.06.2021

    Love the drama of the contrast – amazing angle!

  • 26.05.2021

    Just wow!

  • 25.05.2021

    Great shot

  • 25.05.2021

    Amazing photo

  • 25.05.2021

    Like it