Aerial photographer trades drone for paraglider and gets stunning photos


It is an unprotected brush with the sky by a photographer who works without a net. Video footage shows Joe Orsi flying over Mexico’s Colorado River Delta in his motorized paraglider, as part of his mission to tell stories from the air in a more personal way, rather than using an “impersonal” drone.

His aerial photographs capture some of the most spectacular places in the world.

Orsi, originally from Kansas but living in Mexico, said his goal with the paramotor, also known as a powered paraglider, was to “create narrative aerial photography that promotes sustainable tourism in the developing world.”

Joe Orsi takes photos from thousands of feet in the air, personally squeezing the shutter instead of sending drones to capture breathtaking scenes like this view of the Colorado River Delta in Mexico.
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“Compared to drone photography, where the photographer is separated from his subject by hundreds of meters of air and never personally sees what his camera sees, paramotor photography is very personal. It tells the story of the efforts by the photographer just to look at them with their own eyes, ”Orsi said.

“My favorite country in the world is Papua New Guinea. As far as I know, there is nowhere so untouched. It is difficult to travel there, but it is rewarding. I also love the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico, where I learned to pilot my paramotor. The marine life and landscapes of Baja never cease to amaze me. “

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Joe Orsi spent years filming Papua New Guinea and Africa, taking aerial photos with a drone, before deciding to “fly it myself”.
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Orsi said that the Colorado River Delta “is one of the most amazing places I have flown over. I am not sure about the geology of the formations, but they are probably formed by a relatively small amount of water. ‘flowing through an almost flat salt plane that hardly receives any rain. Over time, erosion has carved out the strange patterns of the trees, which hardly change from year to year. “

Orsi quit his day job and started traveling the world five years ago.

“Throughout my travels, I became interested in landscape photography, which eventually led me to buy a drone,” he said. “The drone was small enough to fit in my backpack. I became obsessed with flying it in remote places never before seen from a drone’s perspective.

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Joe Orsi, a Mexican transplant born in Kansas, says he wants to “create narrative aerial photography that promotes sustainable tourism in the developing world.”
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“It led me to spend a lot of time in Papua New Guinea and Africa. After years of filming with my drone, it started to seem stereotypical and impersonal, so I started looking for a way to take the tunes myself. “

Orsi started flying his paramotor a year and a half ago and said he fell in love with the sport.

“I hope to continue traveling with my paramotor and maybe continue south into Central and South America once the borders open.”

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger news.


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