Kite Aerial Photography : Defamiliarization Through Distance
Norman, Zachary Dean Xavier
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All of these photographs were taken with a kite from 50-300 feet (approx. 15-91 meters) above the ground. The weight of the rig and camera and the nature of kite flying necessitated the presence of 15-25 mph winds (approx. 15-40 kph). The camera was mounted onto a rig which was controlled by a four-channel transmitter from the ground. The camera can be panned 360°, tilted 180° and its shutter button can be depressed using the transmitter. All of these photographs were taken with a 35mm camera, therefore the operator was unable to see what he was photographing. These images were not seen until they were developed and printed. These photographs are meant to provide the viewer with a rarely seen perspective of the planet we inhabit. It is common to take this planet for granted, to assume its existence normal and infinite. However, the Earth is, to our knowledge, completely unique in its capacity to sustain life. It is sometimes necessary to transform one's common appreciation of a thing to truly see or understand it. These photographs are an attempt to invoke that transformation and simply represent a rock from above.