The camera’s greatest ability is it’s visual retention of history and the resulting record of changes that are recorded. The comparative views of yesterday and today via the aerial perspective reveal the interests, intensity and direction of an evolving community. That bird’s eye view presents graphic observations of a geography, its people and their habitats.
I consider myself a photojournalist and my duty, as a photographer is to record the events and people of my lifetime. No doubt this premise was forged from my high school days of working as a photographer on the yearbook and newspaper-capturing those fleeting memories of youthful exuberance.
My interest in aerial photography began in high school as a result of a friend’s father earning his pilot’s license. I accompanied the two on several occasions and snapped a few black & white photos through the window. It would be another 10 years before I would once again take to the sky with camera in hand. Through the influence and friendly intimidation of a roommate and friend, I earned my private pilot’s license in 1978 and later my commercial and instrument ratings.
Almost 35 years and nearly 5,000 hours of flight have since passed and the love for aviation and taking photos from a higher perspective continues to grow. My work with an aerial survey company as well as my banner towing business, SKYWORDS AERIAL SERVICES (www.sky-words.com) and of course AIRPHOTO DESIGNS (www.airphotodesigns.com) has given me the opportunity to fly and photograph in Mexico and 20 states including the Hawaiian Islands. I currently have two posters in print. An on-going project for the past several years involves photographing the entire grape growing acreage and wineries of the Santa Cruz Appellation. Work for roofing contractors, developers, real estate interests, manufacturers, homeowners, law offices, special events and sales of artistic and scenic prints round out my involvement with aerial photography.