I am speeding forward off the edge of the cliff, the glittering allure of the sea reflecting in my lens. I begin to rise. I rise high enough so I can meet the spinning eye of the imposing sentinel before me. He stands proud and tall upon the jagged cliff, forever watching over the mysterious horizon.
I have been going to Menorca since I was born. I thought I knew all that there was to know. However, this year I brought a drone and I unveiled the hidden secrets of an island paradise.
The world we see is two dimensional - we walk around it on the ground, but never in the air. Drones let you add that third dimension to your perspective of the world. During my annual summer trip to Menorca, I discovered many shrouded beauties, however many of them are inaccessible to pedestrians. Some spectacular locations are obscured by lacklustre obstacles, and even places you’ve known your whole life, have concealed mysteries that drones allow you to explore.
Light is different when you are on the ground compared to when your are in the air. When you are standing on the beach or on a cliff, and you look out to the ocean, it sparkles and it shimmers, but it is like a mirror; you can’t see what is beneath it. But when you look at it from above through the eyes of the drone, you see the life, you see the rocks, and you see the stone covered sand underneath the waves.
Robert Salesas, my father and copilot, has had a severe fear of heights since he was born. About drones he says “I am scared of heights... but when I fly the drone, I feel like I have wings.” We have learnt a great deal over the past three months flying our drones, and we love to share our knowledge with others. “I love it when people ask questions about what we’re flying, because it is an opportunity to share what we have learnt,” says Robert.
The experiences I have gained through flying my drone are indescribable, I now have a new perspective on the world I thought I knew. When I am piloting my drone through the air, I feel like gravity doesn’t apply to me, there is a feeling of weightlessness and yet power.
I don’t fly a machine. I fly.