Martha Stewart Explains Her Drone Obsession

They offer a bigger view of the world, she writes

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 30, 2014 9:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – Martha Stewart is, apparently, a really big fan of drones. She told Vanity Fair all about her love for drone photography, she's celebrated it on her blog, and now she's explaining her feelings in Time. She received a photo-taking drone for her birthday, she writes, and has used it to take pictures of all kinds of landscapes, from the beach to "my properties," including a shot of a vegetable garden that "looked very much like my Peter Rabbit marzipan embellished Easter cake."

Drones like hers—which anyone can buy, she notes—connect to a tablet for viewing purposes. "By assuming unusual vantage points, the drone allowed me to 'see' so much more of my surroundings than usual," she writes. As for privacy concerns over limitless photography, "I don't have all the answers," she writes. At Salon, Prachi Gupta points out that in fact, Stewart "has precisely zero answers." But that doesn't stop her from considering the wonders of landscaping and architecture achieved over the centuries without drones, and wondering about the possibilities the devices could offer in the future. The essay is, in part, a response to an amusing New Yorker parody of Stewart's drone fandom, by Henry Alford. Meanwhile, Gizmodo notes that Stewart can't stop tweeting about drones.

This Sept. 4, 2013 file photo shows Martha Stewart at the 2013 Couture Council Award Luncheon in New York.
This Sept. 4, 2013 file photo shows Martha Stewart at the 2013 Couture Council Award Luncheon in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
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