The United States is, arguably, one of the most diverse countries in the world—although it can sometimes be hard to tell when you’re embedded deep within in. But one 20-year-old photographer (and Instagram superstar) is taking a step back and literally getting new perspective.
By the time he turned 18, Chase Guttman had visited all 50 states in the country. Since completing his travels, Guttman has compiled a book of his drone photography to show off different angles of America (and the world).
“I think what's most spectacular about the United States is the many worlds that you can discover within the country, a region, a state or even a city,” Guttman told Travel + Leisure. “Travel photography allows me to explore the tremendous diversity of planet Earth while still observing humanity’s underlying commonality.”
His photographs show a variety of cultural and natural features around the U.S. There are drone images above Niagara Falls and green pastures in California, but there are also snapshots taken above state fairs and Atlantic City’s pier.
The perspective that drones are able to give photographers is useful in finding new and intriguing ways of looking at a place, Guttman said. “Drone technology owns the visual world that’s just out of the reach of the longest selfie stick and the lowest hovering helicopter,” he told T+L. “Drones are such an exciting visual frontier because they allow humans to experience and see things that few have previously imagined.”
Photographs from Guttman’s travels in 20 states and 10 countries will be released in his new book, The Handbook of Drone Photography - A Complete Guide to the New Art of Do-It-Yourself Aerial Photography, available for order now.