Bird’s Eye View: Eldred Allen, professional photographer and cultural archivist

Posted on January 02, 2024 | By Ossie Michelin | 0 Comments


Drones capture the beauty of Nunatsiavut in a way no other technology can. Shown here: Eldred Allen’s home community of Rigolet, Nunatsiavut on the doorstep of the Mealy Mountain National Park Reserve. (Photo: Eldred Allen)


A fresh perspective changed the way Eldred Allen saw the world around him—and opened his eyes to new opportunities.

Eldred Allen of Rigolet, Nunatsiavut always knew he lived in a beautiful part of the world. But after a lifetime surrounded by the beauty of coastal Labrador, Allen said he felt like he had put “blinders” on. The majestically rugged landscape that surrounds his community just became part of the background. That changed when he launched his first video aerial drone.

“You see things as you’ve always seen them,” Allen explained, talking about the point of view you have while standing on land or riding in a boat on the water. “But as soon as you get the drone up and get that bird’s eye view of looking straight down from above, it changes your perspective on everything.”

Working as a GIS technician with the Nunatsiavut Government, Allen bought his first drone, out of curiosity, in the spring of 2016 and immediately saw its practical applications. By the end of the year, he had left his job to start his own business offering drone services full-time with his company Bird’s Eye Inc.

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