Photographer Chia Joel (AKA idroneman) is capturing Singapore from a different vantage point. Using a DJI Phantom 3, he shoots captivating abstract aerial images that look straight down onto “the most expensive city in the world.”
Speaking with Joel about his photography, it’s immediately obvious how careful he is when he goes out shooting. “My aerial adventures consist of a number of important and well thought-out processes,” he tells PetaPixel. He scouts areas online and on foot, checks weather conditions, and finds a solid launching/landing spot that is, if possible, elevated so he can maintain the best signal strength and sight lines while also saving some battery.
It takes a lot of prep before shots like this one ever come to fruition:
Once safely in the air, Joel is still to this day mesmerized by what he’s capturing. “Most of the time, after a day of flying,” he tells us, “I end up so fascinated by how somewhere so ordinary or perhaps so common or random, can turn out to be a piece of art!”
His hope is that each of his photos—photos of common, ordinary, random things transformed by his drone’s perspective into abstract pieces of art—tells a story that will help others fall in love with a city he’s obviously quite fond of.
I hope to rekindle the love for Singapore, old or new, once again and hope to remind people that beauty can indeed be found here in Singapore if you just keep an open mind, and are willing to see things from a new perspective.
Here are a few of our favorite “new perspectives” from Joel’s archive:
Image credits: All photographs by Chia Joel and used with permission.