“Baseball practice in Montgomery County, Maryland. According to records obtained from the FAA, which issued 1,428 domestic drone permits between 2007 and early 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Navy have applied for drone authorization in Montgomery County.”
Image and caption by Tomas van Houtryve/VII. United States, 2014.
In Blue Sky Days, photographer and Pulitzer Center grantee Tomas van Houtryve frames the notion of drone warfare in a context close to home. He mounts his camera on a quadcopter purchased over the internet, a drone, and shoots his subjects from the air as they go about their daily lives. He remains anonymous throughout, similar to how might the pilot of a drone flown as a weapon of war.
Blue Sky Days was produced in partnership with Harper’s Magazine, published across 16 pages—the longest photo essay in the magazine’s history.
Upcoming multimedia work produced in conjunction with the Pulitzer Center coming soon.