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The Project 'Unequal Scenes' Highlights Socio-Economic Gaps Around the World
The project Unequal Scenes by South African photographer Johnny Miller seeks out a visual observation of social and economic differences from an unlikely angle – from above, shot via a drone.
Miller's objective was to highlight the most Unequal Scenes in South Africa, where roads, rivers, buffer zones of empty land and other barriers were put in place for the purpose of segregating urban spaces and separating people of difference classes during the apartheid. It's been 22 years since the end of the apartheid, and a number of these barriers still exist. We see, then, the chaotic layout of shack dwellings next to the orderly grids of wealthy communities subdivisions or lavish golf courses.
"Discrepancies in how people live are sometimes hard to see from the ground," Miller says. "Looking straight down from a height of several hundred meters, incredible scenes of inequality emerge. Some communities have been expressly designed with separation in mind, and some have grown more or less organically."
The project has branched out to other cities, including USA, Mumbai, Tanzania, Mexico City and Nairobi, providing us with an eye-opening look at how economics can influence spatial development to this day. Visit unequalscenes.com for more. Follow Miller on Instagram.
Images © Johnny Miller / with permission