Gab Scanu, the new promising figure in aerial photography lifestyle
This young photographer has revolutionised social networks with his aerial images of Australia, Mexico and Indonesia. His way of seeing the world has caught the eye of companies, namely: Google, Samsung, Lexus and Disney. All of them now work with him.
Gab Scanu (Sydney, 1996) sees the world from above, looking at detail and the power of nature. These are the topics found in his aerial photographs, where paradisiacal beaches, remote deserts and islands lost in the middle of the ocean seem to have a life all of their own.
His photographic sensibility comes from his family. It was his father who started him off in this world through a trip to the Selwyn Mountains in Canada. There, they both understood the magnitude of the landscape by hovering over it with an unmanned aircraft.
Waves spreading out over the sand, an ancient temple which can be seen behind the dunes in Saudi Arabia or several passers-by on Bondi beach in Australia, are just some of the images found in his portfolio, with Instagram as a the main showroom. “It’s about capturing natural moments from a unique perspective which one does not see every day, almost like a bird seeing the world from above,” he said on one occasion to the From Where I Drone website.
With 357.000 followers on Instagram, Scanu has created a social community through his photographs. With them, he shares his particular vision about the world, showing those paradises that are hidden among the rocks, the mountains and the sea. “The comments and responses I receive after each publication surprise me and encourage me to challenge my creativity,” he acknowledged in this interview.
His father started him off in the world of photography during a trip to the Selwyn Mountains in Canada.
The world seen from a drone
Scabu’s aerial planes are defined by their visual strength and movement. Two qualities which he manages to capture through his DJI Phantom 3 Pro drone, which is always by his side, as well as being his personal signature. “I tend to carry a DJI Phantom 3 Pro with two spare batteries and lighting cables. With a drone, you can reach new heights and see the world from another perspective. Some of my other favourite equipment that I use are the Canon 5D Mklll and the 16-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm Canon lenses”.
Sometimes, his photographs have a kind of cinematic tone because of his way of transmitting the action and the colours of the landscapes with turquoise blue, brown and an intense green leading the way . An artistic approach which has led him to working with Google, Samsung, Lexus and Disney.
“Normally, I look for a scene with many people or natural elements. From there, I try to capture everyday scenes which are not seen every day. What motivates me the most is inspiring others, so that they understand my vision and my way of feeling”.