Over the years, photography as an art form has evolved from the black and white images of the 20th century to the clear and detailed photos of modern times. Among the many changes that have changed people’s outlook on photography is aerial photography. Although not a new concept, the modern generation of photographers has dramatically revolutionized aerial photography. It is now considered the most creative and attractive form of photography. Drones are widely used to capture beautiful images of the sky. Although there are many photographers, only a few have adopted the use of drones for aerial photography to add a whole new dimension to people and places. These images give a whole new perspective on things from the viewer’s point of view.
Akil Henley is an African-American aerial photographer who has traveled the world, capturing creative and captivating images. He is a designer who believes that everyone should grow up and show their talent to the world. With his breathtaking aerial shots, Akil can show the world from another awe-inspiring perspective, a view from above.
Growing up in New York City, particularly the Bronx, greatly influenced his career path. He started learning music at a young age, which sparked his interest in learning more about photography and capturing life from a different perspective. Since then, he has become fond of photography and has visited more than 46 countries across continents.
Akil started his career as a photographer six years ago when aerial photography wasn’t a big thing. The most common aerial shots were only seen in movie scenes and were extremely rare. Drones weren’t a thing either, and photographers relied on helicopters to reach greater heights and capture aerial shots. But now things have changed. Drones have now become the norm in the aerial photography scene. Among the many global photographers, Akil stood out as the most creative and influential aerial photographer. Akil says he immediately knew there was another way to look at life the first time he flew a drone. For him, the world would have had more impressive photos or paintings if Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Lawrence, Pollock, Basquiat and Van Der Zee had had a drone.
His work speaks for itself. In 2018, the Eiffel Tower page republished one of his photos taken during the French demonstration. This had a resounding impact on his career as several Parisian periodicals sought to use his photo in their publications. Her social media page also received a lot of love and grew accordingly. The same happened again in 2019 when the New York Instagram page reposted several of her photos on their stories. The photos caught the attention of one of the New York artists, Elizabeth Sutton, who asked her to photograph one of his works on Roosevelt Island.
Akil believes that aerial photos possess the power and ability to present the world in unique and magical ways. As an aerial photographer, he not only looks at the beach with sand and water hitting his feet, but 100 feet above the air capturing the shape of the ground.