These Ethereal Night Scenes are Illuminated From Above by a Drone

By Michael Hession on at

This clever photographer figured out that the hovering craft would be perfect for lighting his mysterious scenes from the sky.

Benoit Paille's work is an evocative mix of people and scenery that conveys a quiet and sometimes eery presence. In these images from his series Theory of Knowledge, objects in an empty landscape at night are illuminated from above, casting a lonely glow straight down like a tractor beam.

These Ethereal Night Scenes Are Lit From Above By a Drone

These Ethereal Night Scenes Are Lit From Above By a Drone

These Ethereal Night Scenes Are Lit From Above By a Drone

To achieve the effect, Paille used a quadcopter with a battery-powered strobe that he rigged up with gaffa tape. Although the drone remains unseen in the photographs, the subtle oddity of an unknown light source conjures up all kinds of strange imaginary explanations. I'm envisioning a UFO scanning barren landscapes and stopping to examine trivial human artefacts. Spooky!

Paille has a huge archive of really amazing photography that you can check out on Behance.