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New perspectives: Exploring from the skies

By Matthew Oxley | 2 years ago

Benjamin Lee (@itchban) is a freelance Photographer, Filmmaker & Blogger based in Sydney, Australia, with a passion for travel and adventure. He is available for projects & travel worldwide. We featured a collection of his drone photography on the @worldphotoorg feed. 

Hi Benjamin. Please introduce yourself and your photography 

I am a Sydney based photographer & filmmaker. I specialise in travel, adventure & lifestyle content.

Tell us about the series of images we featured. Do you have a favourite, and why? 

The selection of my aerial work is my most recent travels. I love the new perspectives that drone photography has enabled. It has really brought a new dimension to what I'm able to achieve with a camera. 

My favourite from this selection has to be the long exposure highway interchange in Japan. It still amazes me that a flying camera (DJI Mavic Pro) the size of a water bottle was able to capture a 3.2second exposure and still be so sharp.


Why photography? What does the medium mean to you? 

The medium allows me to share my perspective with the world. I may not be the most eloquent speaker or gifted writer, but capturing photos allows me to share my thoughts, feelings & art with others.

Talk about the logistics involved with these shots

Whilst traveling I use the DJI Mavic Pro. It is so portable. I always have it with me and it only takes a minute to be up and flying. Before visiting a location I will try and scout it quickly via Google Maps. The snake-like mountain pass looked interesting on Google Maps so we got a bus there the very next day to check it out.

And of course, you can always just launch your drone and have a look around to see if there is anything interesting to shoot from skies.


Do you have a photographic philosophy? 

Never stop learning, shoot what excites you and remember that it should be fun. It is easy to stop progressing, hit creative blocks and end up hating photography. I think it is important to remember why you fell in love with photography and to keep evolving and furthering your craft.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the natural world and how we interact with it. Scenes and moments which tell a story and convey a strong mood are usually what I try to capture in my work.