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Photojournalist Counts on Drones to Cover World Conflict

The following is an interview with Gail Orenstein on WomenAndDrones.com.

Background:

I have been a global photojournalist and documentary photographer for 25 years, I am originally from Mystic, Connecticut but I have lived in London for 20 years now. My work has taken me to over 71 countries in 25 years some of them are the most conflicted regions in the world including Syria, Iraq, Eastern Ukraine, Central Africa and Central America.

My photos have been published extensively around the world, and it is likely that anyone who reads this article has seen my photos or drone footage in a news-outlet story. Today, Drone footage is being used almost daily in news reporting.

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Gail prepares to drone a refugee camp in Kurdistan where she teaches some of the refugees the positive impact a drone can have in helping during a crisis. Many children in conflict zones have had a negative experience with the use of drone technology in recent years in Iraq and Syria where i have been. Often when the refugees approach me it is with great trepidation especially the way ISIL used drones against the civilian population. I often let children and often their parents see and hold my drones before I survey the camps.Women and Drones
Gail prepares to drone a refugee camp in Kurdistan where she teaches some of the refugees the positive impact a drone can have in helping during a crisis. Many children in conflict zones have had a negative experience with the use of drone technology in recent years in Iraq and Syria where i have been. Often when the refugees approach me it is with great trepidation especially the way ISIL used drones against the civilian population. I often let children and often their parents see and hold my drones before I survey the camps.

Droning was a natural extension of my work as a conflict photographer.  I have also had the wonderful opportunity of being able to study under one of the best UAV training instructors in Europe who really encouraged me to fly with great discipline, safety and precision. I studied at The Phoenix Flight School with Peter Milner.

Industry Experience:

In April/March of 2017 I decided to bring my Parrot Bebop 2 and my DJI Pro 3 to Iraq where I have been living on and off for the last 3 years. This would be the first time I would drone in a war zone. Continue reading the full interview with Gail Orenstein on WomenandDrones.com.

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6 thoughts on “Photojournalist Counts on Drones

  1. This is a truly fascinating interview! I am very interested in this area of droning and it is so wonderful to see a female involved so early on. I see more and more news drone footage on TV and on the internet and I am glad that Women and Drones introduced Gail’s work. She is one of the women really leading the way in this area.

  2. Trent Tartttino

    I have seen her work before and I think this is really cool. She has really amazing access to these places that most people would not go to. It is cool to see the terrain of these places from a drone view. I see that CNN has really used a lot of drone footage in the news they are showing now. I think this is the way forward in new gathering. Good Luck!

  3. Eleanor Mezer

    Gail is brilliant; one picture is worth one thousand words
    Gail is a citizen of the world
    Thank you Gail for keeping us informed
    There is too much suffering on this planet and with these photographic surveys, so real and unique, we have evidence
    The quality and statements in these drone photos have been a real hallelujah moment for me; this article was captivating
    Thank you and please continue to document
    Women and Drones please continue to fly high

  4. J. manning

    Wow amazing! Love the photos in the original article and the drone footage! Gail Orenstein’s drone work is incredible not to mention how she’s instructing children on how to navigate drones! Beautiful work and what a great spirit she is!!

  5. Elizabeth Littlejon

    Such important and amazing work by Gail Orenstein. The more documentation we have of war and displacement, the more pressure we can put on governments. We also need more women in the field, and Gail leads the way. I hope more follow her path, especially females!!

  6. Susan Felderman

    I wonder how difficult it would be to actually get permission to drone in Iraq and some of these places. I think for most people it would be hard, but it sounds like Gail has Press credentials and then gets permission. I would love to ask her how she does this. I would like to drone in some of these places. Amazing story!!

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