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INEQUALITY FROM THE AIR

Africa especially, has its fair share of problems, one of the big ones being the enormous gap between the rich and the poor. Thanks to photographer Johnny Miller we get some very visual proof of that by using drones.

He says: "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.”



Comments

Powerful!!

However, i must say that my initial reaction was confused. I saw what appeared to be order on right and chaos on the left and drew exactly the wrong conclusion.

In the second photograph i saw the left side as lush, open and welcoming and the right side as crowded and oppressive. It took a closer look than the first photograph to let me see more clearly. Things seen from too great a distance may be viewed incorrectly.
Very telling and sad.
I'd be very interested in knowing where these photos were taken. Although I've been through places in the world where this type of juxtaposition occurs, it's not universal and I'm really curious about where their origin point is.

- Erulisse (one L)
Thank you. Knowing where the photos were from was helpful. There are many places in the world where the poor are crushed into poor housing, or in some cases, no housing or shelter at all. The photos could have been taken in many different places, but they are a stark reminder of the differences that decades of apartheid supported and promoted.

Although it would be wonderful if slums didn't exist and the poor had adequate housing, food, water and medical care, that isn't the case in most of the world. These photos were a wonderful visual reminder of the gulf between those who have and those who have not in one small corner of the modern world.

- Erulisse (one L)