PM Lee lauds photographer's aerial pictures

A shot of the Suntec City roundabout by photographer Joel Chia, who uses a drone camera to capture unusual views of Singapore. In a Facebook post yesterday, PM Lee said Mr Chia "shows us Singapore from a different perspective that many of us rarely c
A shot of the Suntec City roundabout by photographer Joel Chia, who uses a drone camera to capture unusual views of Singapore. In a Facebook post yesterday, PM Lee said Mr Chia "shows us Singapore from a different perspective that many of us rarely consider. Happy to see that we have such creative talent".PHOTO: COURTESY OF JOEL CHIA

Days after praising architecture and landscape photographer Darren Soh for his composite image of lightning activity in Sembawang, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has complimented another photographer here.

Mr Lee, in a Facebook post yesterday, lauded drone photographer Joel Chia for his "stunning aerial photos of Singapore".

"I enjoy doing #guesswhere photos, but Joel Chia takes it to the next level," he wrote. "His subjects are varied: schools, the beach and even the PSA container terminal. He shows us Singapore from a different perspective that many of us rarely consider. Happy to see that we have such creative talent."

Mr Chia, who goes by the online moniker "Idroneman", regularly posts the photos he takes on his Facebook and Instagram pages.

In an article by popular photography blog PetaPixel, Mr Chia, who specialises in landscape and architecture photography, said he uses a DJI Phantom 3 drone to take his photos. The drone, which weighs about 1.3kg and comes with its own camera, is popular among photography enthusiasts.

Mr Chia's aerial shots also involve plenty of preparation work, such as scouting areas online and on foot, checking weather conditions and locating the ideal spots to launch and land the drone.

He previously told AsiaOne that he hoped the photos would be able to tell a story that any Singaporean or even a visitor to the island would be able to relate to.

"I hope to remind people that beauty can be indeed found here in Singapore, if you just keep an open mind and are willing to see things from a whole new perspective," he said.

"Sometimes, we take for granted and forget how blessed we are to be living in such a thriving city."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 30, 2016, with the headline 'PM Lee lauds photographer's aerial pictures'. Print Edition | Subscribe