PM Lee lauds Singapore photographer for his 'stunning' drone aerial images

Landscape and architectural photographer Joel Chia's drone photos of Suntec City's Fountain of Wealth (left) and the PSA Container Terminal. PHOTOS: JOEL CHIA

SINGAPORE - Days after praising architecture and landscape photographer Darren Soh for his composite lightning image, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has provided an honourable mention to another local lensman.

Mr Lee, in a Facebook post on Sunday (May 29) morning, 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 architectural photography, revealed that he uses a DJI Phantom 3 drone to take his photos.

The drone, which weighs about 1.3kg and comes equipped with its own camera, is popular among photography enthusiasts.

Mr Chia's aerial shots also involve plenty of preparation work, such as scouting the areas online and on foot, checking on 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.

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

Here's a sample of some of his work.

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