SkyPixel’s Perspectives Gallery is a must-see for anyone who has ever taken a picture with a drone (or wants to).
SkyPixel (an offshoot of leading drone maker DJI that serves as a photo-sharing community with an emphasis on DJI products), is currently touring worldwide with a gallery featuring members’ photos, called Perspectives.
San Francisco’s gallery opened Friday night and will run through July 19.
The gallery is situated in a magnificent little space, tucked into a corner street just between San Francisco’s Financial District and North Beach gallery in a lofted boutique.
About three dozen photos are printed on canvas — resembling fine art rather than the Instagram shots from GoPros that most consumers of drone photography are used to seeing. Printed on Epson Signature Worthy Exhibition Canvas Natural Gloss media, the photos have an exhibition quality that makes it hard to believe they were shot on a drone — a fact that would be believable except for the obvious clue that all these photos are aerial shots.
Finely curated from some of the world’s top drone photographers including Stacy Garlington, Smithsonian featured photographer Laurie Rubin, DJI’s Director of Education Romeo Durscher and Jeff Cable, the images set a new standard for what drone art really means.
It’s no longer enough to post an aerial shot that gets 100 likes on Facebook simply because it’s an angle people have never seen before. Perspectives has set the bar much higher.
Garlington’s “Autumn in Illinois” shows the transition from fall to winter as colorful red and orange fall leaves sit on the ground, scattered around a tree. But the leaves are just the background, framing the photos’ subject — the spindly branches of a maple tree, indicating that winter has arrived.
Chico Lima’s “Shadows in Copacabana” provides a new take on shadows as they turn larger than life in true profile form. From his aerial view, the shadows take the form of an undistorted human, while the humans themselves are mere decorations, disguised by the tops of their heads from an overhead view. The shadows tell the story — one woman holds a purse, another scratches his head, leaving the viewer to come up with the story left up to the imagination with only silhouettes as a clue.
The show is proof that aerial photography is a new genre of art. There is so much to be played with in the contouring of lines, in colors on the ground, in capturing life and emotion but from a distance.
All prints will be auctioned off throughout the week in a silent auction with proceeds to benefit Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area.
Not in San Francisco? The show is touring in:
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- New York
- Hong Kong SAR