Photography is an art form that is constantly evolving with the introduction of new technologies. From instant film to digital cameras, photographers have been able to make new and exciting creations as more and more tools are available to them. The latest invention to seriously change picture-taking is the drone.
Drone technology allows us to view places that we’d never otherwise have access to. While most show us pictures that help us appreciate the beautiful world we live in, some do the opposite and depict a horrifying reality.
The images that follow surely belong to the second category, but it’s still important to look at them, no matter how hard it may seem. After all, many of these places are too dangerous to visit without the help of modern technology.
1. Syria. The ongoing Syrian Civil War has been disastrous for anyone caught in the gunfire. This image from a drone shows some of the Syrian tanks, and the surrounding destruction from the fighting.
5. Ōkuma, Fukushima, Japan. In 2011, Ōkuma was jarred by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, which triggered a tsunami that crushed the Fukushima Daichi nuclear power plant. Over 150,000 people across the country and 11,515 Ōkuma residents had to evacuate.
7. Debaltsevo, Ukraine. The ongoing conflict between the Ukranian military and pro-Russian forces began when the Russian military annexed Crimea in 2014. These images captured by a drone depict the remains of an encirclement of tanks.
10. Spitsbergen, Norway. On an island nearly 650 miles away from the North Pole, in the Arctic Svalbard archipelago, sits a vault designed to help sustain the human species. It’s stocked with 860,000 “backup” seed samples, should we ever lose our crops.
This footage captured from a drone shows the remote location of the vault. It was designed in 2006 to keep moisture out, and it’s apparently so impenetrable that the facility will remain dry even if the polar ice caps melt.
These discoveries may never have happened if not for the amazing drone technology that exists today. While drones tend to get a bad rap, these photos show that they can definitely have a positive impact as well.