We live in an age of war waged from afar. Drones hover tens of thousands of feet above their prey; their pilots can be almost ten thousand miles away. This "distancing" worries writer and artist James Bridle. While technologies like GPS and satellite imagery have the capacity to bring us closer together, they are, at the same time, being used "to maim and kill, ever further away and ever less visibly."
For the past few months, Bridle has maintained an Instagram account, on which he posts satellite images of locations of known drone strikes shortly after they occur, along with a brief summary of what we know about the strikes themselves.
"They are the names of places most of us will never see. We do not know these landscapes and we cannot visit them," Bridle writes. The Instagram account, he says, is an effort to make these locations "just a little bit more visible, a little closer. A little more real."
Nov. 7, 2012: Beyt al-Ahmar, Yemen.
This strike took place at night in a village about 25 miles from Sanaa, Yemen's capital. Alleged al Qaeda leader Adnan al Qadhi was killed, along with one or two others; two to three people were reported injured, including a child.