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Stunning Drone Photos That Show Separation Of Wealthy And Poor Communities In South Africa
Black people have been disenfranchised in the country for hundreds of years. Starting in 1948, apartheid protected racism under the law.
Stunning Drone Photos That Show Separation Of Wealthy And Poor Communities In South Africa

Apartheid also brought about labels to differentiate between nonwhite people from different origins. Black people came from the Eastern Cape and spoke Xhosa, while mixed-race people, called "colored," descended from slaves from Indonesia and Madagascar or were indigenous Khoisan people.

In the years following, black people were forcibly removed from their homes in rural areas and relocated into slums. The new developments were spaced apart to prevent people from unifying.

Stunning Drone Photos That Show Separation Of Wealthy And Poor Communities In South Africa
Apartheid is no longer law. But fast-forward more than 50 years from when apartheid laws were put in place, and many black residents still live in tin shacks, confined to sandy, arid areas far outside the city.
Stunning Drone Photos That Show Separation Of Wealthy And Poor Communities In South Africa
The wealthy, white people claimed leafy neighborhoods on the Atlantic seaboard and near Table Mountain, closer to the downtown area and its resources.
Stunning Drone Photos That Show Separation Of Wealthy And Poor Communities In South Africa
"Interestingly, sometimes you have very poor communities that, for one reason or another, exist right in the middle of very wealthy neighborhoods," Miller says.
Stunning Drone Photos That Show Separation Of Wealthy And Poor Communities In South Africa
Miller wanted to document these areas. He used a website that turns census data into an interactive map, sorting residents by race, income, and language spoken.
Stunning Drone Photos That Show Separation Of Wealthy And Poor Communities In South Africa
Google Maps helped him identify safe zones where he could launch and land the DJI Inspire One drone. In South Africa, it's legal to fly a drone if it's not for commercial use.
Stunning Drone Photos That Show Separation Of Wealthy And Poor Communities In South Africa
The results are incredible. "I knew that the divisions were extreme," Miller says, "but I didn't realize how extreme they were until I flew overhead."
Stunning Drone Photos That Show Separation Of Wealthy And Poor Communities In South Africa

Even paint color serves to distinguish between the haves and have-nots.
Stunning Drone Photos That Show Separation Of Wealthy And Poor Communities In South Africa

This golf course seems out of place sandwiched between neighborhoods.
Stunning Drone Photos That Show Separation Of Wealthy And Poor Communities In South Africa
Only aerial photography could capture the difference in density between the slums and the affluent neighborhoods.
Stunning Drone Photos That Show Separation Of Wealthy And Poor Communities In South Africa

One of Miller's favorite images shows the contrast between Alexandra, a township that Nelson Mandela once called home, and the "Manhattan-like" metropolis of Sandton.
Stunning Drone Photos That Show Separation Of Wealthy And Poor Communities In South Africa

His photos have been seen by hundreds of thousands of people around the world, prompting a wide range of reactions, including some bigoted commentary.
Stunning Drone Photos That Show Separation Of Wealthy And Poor Communities In South Africa

"People are fearful of the unknown, of someone with a different language, a different color, a different culture," Miller says. "And that fear is understandable and based on history and circumstance, but it's also got to change."
Stunning Drone Photos That Show Separation Of Wealthy And Poor Communities In South Africa

Miller has teamed up with Code For Africa, a grassroots organization that digitizes and releases data, to promote the use of technology in journalism.
Stunning Drone Photos That Show Separation Of Wealthy And Poor Communities In South Africa

He hopes to form a community of drone enthusiasts.

Stunning Drone Photos That Show Separation Of Wealthy And Poor Communities In South Africa

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