Dimitar Karanikolov is a photographer based in both London and Sofia (capital of Bulgaria). By profession, he is an architect, but his passion is Travel and Aerial photography. He is spending his recent years travelling around the world on specialized photo expeditions, capturing authentic sceneries, portraits and unusual perspectives with his drone. One of his latest and most featured projects is ‘Drone Portraits’.
He has captured a series of aerial photographs of a vast variety of locations around the world. What makes them interesting and outstanding is adding a human (or animal) element to the frame. It makes the photograph technically a Portrait and adds a sense of scale to it. The combination of the human element and the exotic background create a unique vibe.
In an interview with PetaPixel he has mentioned that he first bought a drone to help his friend to make a short movie about a remote village in the mountains of Bulgaria. Since then he is taking his drone everywhere he goes. National Geographic, Lonely Planet, Fubiz and Designboom has featured his amazing works.
He further adds that at the beginning, we always wanted to fly his drone really high to capture the majestic landscapes. But, soon he has realized that even a few meters are high enough to capture a unique perspective of the scene.
He emphasizes, “Even a very small ‘two-pixel’ figure in the centre of a vast landscape would make the photo much more exciting.” And he would always joke with his girlfriend asking “Would you be my two-pixel model?”, with whom he travels most of the time.
To quote Dimitar Karanikolov, “We live in times where every corner of our planet is already explored and photographed, so I count on aerial photography to find new perspectives of well-known scenarios.” Finally, he states Petapixel that he would love to include more indigenous people in his ‘Drone Portraits’ series and capture traditional rituals from the above in the future.