When the drone hype really kicked in I was sooo sceptical. I thought everything looked the same, and with drone shots the gear becomes so apparent – everyone knows that a photo or video is shot with a drone when they see it. It is never a good thing when the viewer starts to think more about what technique was used rather than to take in what they see.
I came around eventually, obviously. What made me change my mind was Lars Dareberg. In a reportage about murders he used his drone to show where the bodies had been found, not 10 meters from the highway but still impossible to see when driving a car. He showed me that the view from above can be something more than something purely esthetic – it can also help the storytelling.
This shot is from a reportage about a reindeer herderer. I wanted to see what a birds eye view of the scenery would do. The result was: not much. In that case it became something purely visual and it didn’t help the story at all. So those pictures were never published with the story.