Johnny Miller is an professional photographer and video producer, based in Cape Town, South Africa. For his new series “Unequal Scenes”, Johnny used a drone to show the incredible differences between the rich and the poor of his country. Unequal Scenes began as a Facebook post that garnered far more attention than was shared more than 1,000 times. What you see in the photos is the result of Apartheid policies which were fortunately eliminated 22 years ago, however you can see that “many of these barriers, and the inequalities they have engendered, still exist.”
I began a series last month focusing on inequality as seen from the air. Discrepancies in how people live in Cape Town are sometimes hard to see from the ground. The beauty of being able to fly is to see things as they really are. Looking straight down from a height of several hundred meters, incredible scenes of inequality emerge. Some communities have been expressly designed with separation in mind, and some have grown more or less organically.
I focused initially on communities with a large disparity of wealth close to my home of Cape Town. This was due to my limited resources and the knowledge I have of the area. Initially I focused on two communities, Masiphumelele and Imizamo Yethu, which I knew to be located very close to wealthier suburbs. Just how close they are, to me, was a bit shocking. Many people who have seen the photos, including myself, told me that to see it from the air, was a perspective that they had never seen before.
– Johnny Miller