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.