It seems as though every week or so another new species of selfie emerges and takes over the internet for a little while.
Dronies are the latest in that long line, although unlike that #sellotape selfie trend, these are surprisingly beautiful. As you may have guessed, the name is a portmanteau of "drone" and "selfie," and was coined in the comments for a video, from entrepreneur Amit Gupta, which shows him and two friends on San Francisco's Bernal Heights Summit before the drone's camera dramatically pulls back to reveal the city skyline behind them.
From that first video three days ago, the dronie trend took off. Here's a family travelling through western Nevada in an Airstream camper:
And another from New York photographer Taylor Scott Mason, which pulls back to reveal him standing near the edge of a cliff, with a highway below and a city behind him:
And this one was inspired by Charles and Ray Eames's classic flim Powers of Ten, starting with imagery from Google Earth before switching to an aerial shot from a drone:
To be clear, these are all created using commercially available consumer drones, not the kind used to carry out unmanned military strikes. And while the proliferation of cheap drone technology has set off a range of privacy concerns, dronies, along with other breathtaking drone shots, are proof that they can also be used to beautiful — even artistic — effect.