Sky Views: Drones – killing fields to art galleries


Tom Cheshire, Technology Correspondent

Hellfire missiles or hashtags: what’s your favourite type of drone? Few technologies leave as much room for interpretation as unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs.

Over the last few months, I’ve been gawping at the “dronestagram” hashtag on Instagram. It’s a compendium of engrossing photos, all taken from the unique elevation – top down or angled – of a drone. After the selfie, it’s surely the defining aesthetic of the 2010s.

Scroll through and you’ll see a quiltwork of multi-coloured containers sitting at the port of Shenzhen. A top-down shot of a humpback whale in Iceland. A verdant green football pitch in the middle of the dry Dubai desert.

Dronestagram was also the name of a project by artist James Bridle. From 2012-2015, he posted images of the landscapes of CIA drone strikes in the Middle East and Horn of Africa to Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr.

Bridle wrote: “Drones are just

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