Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Drone Photo Images of South Africa Reveal The Extreme Separation Between Rich and Poor

The landscape of South Africa clearly displays the lasting legacy of the apartheid, which drastically divided people by race and wealth.

In a series entitled 'Unequal Scenes' Seattle-born photographer, Johnny Miller captured South Africa using a drone's eye view.

While studying in Cape Town the photographer experimented with capturing racism and segregation, which led him to reconsider the urban experience from above. Amongst his collection there are images of Kya Sands in Johannesburg and Papwa Sewgolum Golf Course and Umgeni River in Durban.

Miller writes on his website: 'Discrepancies in how people live are sometimes hard to see from the ground.The beauty of being able to fly is to see things from a new perspective – to see things as they really are.

'Looking straight down from a height of several hundred meters, incredible scenes of inequality emerge.' Miller adds that some of the communities were 'expressly designed with separation in mind, and some have grown more or less organically.'

Though it's been 22 years since the end of the apartheid barriers still form along a wealth division: 'Oftentimes, communities of extreme wealth and privilege will exist just meters from squalid conditions and shack dwellings.'

The photographer shared his images on his website.  

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