In the past, aerial photography has been restricted to those with a seriously expensive kit and a helicopter to shoot from.
Then, around 2015, drones hit the mainstream.
Initially used for military applications, these flying 4K cameras now enable content creators to showcase incredible landscapes from the sky—Australian Instagram accounts like @saltywings share breathtaking imagery every day, and have amassed hundreds of thousands of followers in the past 12 months.
But what many people don’t realise is that Indigenous Australians have been depicting the land in this way for tens of thousands of years through songlines. They could see themselves hovering over their country much like a drone or satellite, using their knowledge of the land to create beautiful aerial landscapes.
Recently, we were lucky enough to work with the Australian National Maritime Museum on their latest exhibition Gapu-Monuk Saltwater: Journey to Sea Country. The exhibition features many aerial paintings as well as aerial photography, revealing the Yolnu artists’ connection to sea country.
For the campaign video, we captured some incredible drone footage, showcasing the hypnotic seascapes of North-East Arnhem Land.
Our 2017 rebrand also incorporated the use of aerial photography, featuring a wide range of landscapes from across the country.
Telling a story from the sky is both challenging and rewarding, and we love having the opportunity to work with artists offering their own perspectives. Traditional aerial artworks and modern drone photography both have their merits—connecting us to country through the patterns, rhythm and stories of our land, sea and sky.