Humza Deas, a 19-year-old photographer from Brooklyn, wanted to pay homage to Queens, the borough where he grew up, by creating this stunning aerial video titled “Queens Rising.”
“I’ve grown to love this borough since it made me who I am today,” Humza told QNS. “I wanted to pay homage to it by creating a video that shows all the iconic structures and how beautiful they are.”
Humza says he grew up in Woodside but spent most of his time in Astoria. He began dabbling in street photography thanks to his love for skateboarding and it was the proximity of his old skateboarding spots which lead him to the landmarks featured in the video.
The video was captured on a DJI Phantom 4 drone piloted by Deas.
“[I] kept in mind that it should be captured as if I’m flying over the landmarks and not not racing through them to give that glide effect,” he said.
“Queens Rising” is the first of a series of videos from an aerial perspective of New York City’s five boroughs.
Despite his young age, Humza Deas is a well-known name among New York street photographers thanks to his stunning photos taken from some of the highest buildings and bridges of New York. His photography graced the cover of New York Magazine and was featured by many other outlets such as Buzzfeed, Complex Magazine, Business Insider, Pix 11 and others. Deas currently commands a respectable number of 185,000 Instagram followers and regularly works with national brands.
“I just hope I’m able to continue what I’m doing, I feel blessed every day to be in my shoes. Having the ability to wake up and do what you love, it’s a feeling you can’t describe,” Deas said.