How does a visual language derived from surveillance techniques change our reading of an image? This was the question that prompted a series of visual experiments in relation to surveillance and subsequently its importance to the asylum system. By international law, the master of a ship is legally obliged to help those in need at sea regardless of status. Thus, border control cannot watch people without the obligation to help; to maintain surveillance but limit help to those crossing borders at sea, arial drones are used as they bypass this law. Does the visual language of surveillance demonise certain groups of already marginalised people?