Unequal Scenes: Drone Photos Capture the Stark Divide Between Rich and Poor

Photographer Johnny Miller captures the jarring social and income inequality around the world via his drone photography series Unequal Scenes. The aerial images put into perspective the lines dividing poor and rich neighborhoods across major cities from Mumbai to Mexico City.

“Discrepancies in how people live are sometimes hard to see from the ground,” says Miller. “Some communities have been expressly designed with separation in mind, and some have grown more or less organically.” Miller started Unequal Scenes when he moved to Cape Town, South Africa and saw the stark segregation of urban spaces resulting from the apartheid from his drone images. The photography project then expanded to document other global metropolises in the hopes to “provoke a dialogue which can begin to address the issues if inequality and disenfranchisement in a constructive and peaceful way.”

1. Zanzibar – A coastal resort surrounded by slums.

2. Nairobi – The poor collide with the rich in Loresho.

3. Mexico – The inequality that is rife within Mexico City

4. Mexico – The stark difference between Mexico City’s housing solutions.

5. Nairobi – There is practically nothing separating Kibera’s slums from this golf course.

6. India – Keeping the castes separate in Mumbai.

7. Tanzania – When riches meet with poverty head-first.

8. Zanzibar – A luxurious coastal resort surrounded by slums.

9. Mexico – A low-income area separated from the wealthier Santa Fe district.

10. South Africa – Durban’s Papwa Sewgolum Golf Course sitting alongside an impoverished area.

11. South Africa – The Vusimuzi settlement beside one of Johannesburg’s richer areas.

12. South Africa – The Pavilion, one of South Africa’s largest malls, surrounded by tin huts.

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