Capturing nature's beauty from the sky

Drone photography captures nature's beauty

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As drone photography has soared in recent years so has James Harrison's passion for snapping nature's beauty.


Brahman cattle and sheep are swirling in the yards, cotton has just been harvested and the vast red dirt of Hay's plains are just some of the stunning images that James Harrison has captured from the sky.

As drone photography has soared in recent years so has James' passion for snapping nature's beauty.

"I got into photography as I wanted to capture the world from an unseen perspective," James said, whose work can be found on Instagram under the handle @shotbyharro.

"Drone imagery is like any landscape photography but it enables me to get a pretty unique perspective that people never see."

The 25-year-old first picked up a camera while he was at school but it wasn't until about four years ago when he started travelling around Australia and overseas that he began to take it seriously.

"I had been getting out seeing a lot of places, which has prompted a lot of my photos," James said.

About 18 months ago he moved back to his home-town of Hay after finishing an engineering degree in Sydney to start a welding apprenticeship in his family businesses DJ Harrison and Sons.

James fixes farm machinery, trailers and sheds by day but when he's not doing that he's out exploring his backyard photographing its' beauty.

James Harrison paragliding in Turkey, whose amazing drone photographs can be found on Instagram under the handle @shotbyharro.

James Harrison paragliding in Turkey, whose amazing drone photographs can be found on Instagram under the handle @shotbyharro.

"I love welding and building and engineering, I never want to give it up but I love photography and I believe it goes hand in hand," he said.

"I moved home because I didn't want to work in the Hay plains is an idyllic backdrop for amazing photos."

He was fortunate enough to be able to travel to the Kimberley's in Western Australia where he spent some time on Legune Station about 180 kilometres our of Kununurra.

"It gave me the chance to take photos of amazing landscapes, and Broome, well it's an extremely beautiful place,' he said.

But back home he uses local connections to get out on stations and up in the air to show people what it's like living in his corner of the world.

His work was recently featured on the Buy from the Bush social media campaign, that was started to showcase regional and rural businesses.

"I always have my camera with me and look for opportunities, only the other day I went out as they finished the cotton harvest," he said.

"There aren't too many competitors in aerial photography especially out here and when you see drone shots on Instagram they are mainly of oceans and beach landscapes."

He said people had no idea of what it was like to live in remote areas.

"Their jaw drops when they see what it's like here and the fact I have that ability of show off rural Australia and my backyard it pretty cool," James said.

So far his favourite image was of taken of Brahman cattle being processed at Legune Station, that he's titled 'roast beef'.

His next adventure once the borders are opened due to coronavirus restrictions is heading back to Western Australia but in the meant time he will photograph the ever-changing landscape of his own backyard.

"It's very green at the moment which is stark contrast to what it has been and is shaping up to becoming a good season," James said.

By day James Harrison is a welder in his family business at Hay but when there's spare time he has his drone up in the air to capture our ever-changing landscapes, which can be found on Instagram under the handle @shotbyharro.


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