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Unequal Scenes: The drone footage highlighting how disparate our world is

There’s an old saying that begins ‘the rich get richer…’, which, like so many cliches, has essentially lost its meaning.

So to highlight just how different societies around the world truly are, photographer Johnny Miller took to the air.

Specifically, using drones, he took snaps to highlight what a huge divide exists in the world. But he didn’t just take photos of Beverly Hills then use photoshop to compare it to Harare.

No, Miller puts a spotlight on how huge a difference there are between people living in seriously close proximity to one another.

Arriving in South Africa from the USA in 2012, Miller saw these discrepancies on a daily basis, and it was the basis for his series, Unequal Scenes.

“During apartheid, segregation of urban spaces was instituted as policy. Roads, rivers, ‘buffer zones’ of empty land, and other barriers were constructed and modified to keep people separate,” Miller writes.

“22 years after the end of apartheid, many of these barriers, and the inequalities they have engendered, still exist. Oftentimes, communities of extreme wealth and privilege will exist just meters from squalid conditions and shack dwellings.”

Clearly he struck a chord, as Miller has now taken Unequal Scenes abroad, hitting such locations in the USA, Mumbai, Tanzania, Nairobi, and Mexico City.

As for how he works out where to send his drone so as to capture these scenes, Miller uses “a combination of census data, maps, news reports, as well as talking to people”.

“Once I identify the areas I want to photograph, I visualise them on Google Earth, and try to map out a flight plan. This includes taking into account air law, air safety, personal safety, battery life, range, weather, angle, time of day, and many more factors,” he told the British Journal of Photography.

Morningside, Durban

Morningside, Durban (Unequal Scenes / Johnny Miller)

Facebook HQ

Facebook HQ, opposite a homeless camp (Unequal Scenes / Johnny Miller)

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