Cameron Davidson combines his love of flying and photography to spectacular effect, making gorgeous aerial imagery for a slew of magazines and commercial clients. I was lucky enough to interview last year; have a look and a read here.
I was perusing Davidson’s site today, looking for the usual gems, and I found an “abstract aerial” section. What a hoot! Here are some samples. We’ll start with something easy.
these two are my faves.
Nice! Here’s a question for Mr. Davidson (this is him, btw):
How have you been able to combine your love of flying and photography so well– was there a “eureka moment”, or did you always know this was what you wanted to do?
The love of aerials came from my first National Geographic assignment in southern Maryland. Bob Gilka, the former Director of Photography, gave me the go ahead to charter a Jet Ranger from the DC area to shoot a Great Blue Heron rookery along the Patuxent River. I fell in love with the combination of being able to shoot a graphic image that also conveyed important story information. Plus, I love to fly and there is nothing better than being in the back seat of a turbine helicopter, working as a team with a pilot you trust and creating images that show the world from a slightly different perspective.
I’ve been lucky to shoot aerials for some amazing magazines and clients. Audubon published a personal project on Mountain Top Removal last year along with giving me several assignments that featured my aerial work, Field and Stream sent me to Wyoming last year for a project on the affects of gas drilling on wildlife migration, Wired has sent me to Arizona for an all aerial story. For many years I shot stories for Smithsonian that included aerials and the Geographic has assigned me to shoot the aftermath of several natural disasters for the magazine– Hurricane Andrew, Mississippi River Flood and Western Wildfires.