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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Last Refuge Ltd; 2nd edition (1 Dec. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954435028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954435028
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 29.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 334,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Flying the length and breadth of England in their own aircraft, photographers Dae Sasitorn and Adrian Warren used Hasselblad medium format film cameras and lenses to take us on an unforgettable aerial journey over the landscape of England, with new horizons unfolding at the turn of every page. Aerial photography offers a fresh dimension to the conventional view: from the ground the landscape is seen from a narrow perspective, but as soon as we take to the air the countryside opens out like a map in a new and exciting way, often revealing evidence of events from England’s rich and blood-soaked history. The 450 spectacular colour photographs reveal natural landscapes and the footprints of man across the country in a way that will enthral anyone interested in history, archaeology, geology, urban environments or the natural world. They are amplified by informative captions that include precise references to their location on the regional maps, for ease of navigation. Binding this visual feast together, the main text distils in fascinating detail the history that has made England such a distinct nation within the British Isles and the world.

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When we began working on this book, I suddenly realised how little I knew about my own country. For Dae, England is not her native land, so she had an excuse. During the three hundred hours of flying it took to do the photography, our eyes were opened as each new horizon unfolded. Every flight was a journey of discovery to see the landscapes, places, and the history that was laid out before us. The historic sites particularly grabbed our attention. The photographs were taken with a 6 x 6 cm medium format Hasselblad camera using Fuji Velvia 50 ASA film. The camera was handheld in the large open window of the aircraft. Every pilot knows that an engine failure can happen at any moment so, with a single engined aircraft like our Cessna 182, one must always be prepared for emergency procedures throughout any flight. Over mountains, or over the sea, I tend to listen to the hum of the engine very carefully. We bought the aircraft nearly six years ago. It was built in!
1964 but had only one careful previous owner, and is in excellent condition. Since the aircraft has long-range fuel tanks, many of our photographic flights last in excess of five hours in order to make the most of good weather conditions. In the winter it is freezing cold flying with the window open, but in the summer, especially on a warm summers evening with the red sun sinking on the horizon, it is a wonderful experience to be in the sky, steering homewards in the direction of our little farm strip in Somerset following a satisfying shoot.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By I. D. Watson on 2 Jan. 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found this book by chance and it has some of the best aerial photography of England I have seen. The landscapes and man-made features are shown throughout the seasons during sunshine and snow. The camera used is a medium format Hasselblad and the square format of the book is perfect for the photographs. Even better, each picture has a map reference and grid reference so you can find the locations easily. The product of three hundred hours of flying it is a delight to browse and a true labour of love showing the English landscape at its best.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Phil Butterworth on 8 Mar. 2005
Format: Hardcover
You know "quality" the moment you see it, don't you? And the instant you open this book on any page, you recognise the very highest quality not only in the photographs (not an appropriate term really - more revealing portrait than mere photos), but also in the accompanying historical and contextual explanatory words with each plate. All presented in sumptuous warm colours and very well laid out.
It's a book that you simply can't put down because the history of the UK unfolds before your eyes. The aerial views give you an entirely new dimension and reveal the true scope and nature of the landscape around us, with its history past and present.
A sumptuous book for browsing, learning and wondering at the beauty of the United Kingdom in front of a warm fire with a nice cup of tea.
It's even great value for any visitor to the UK - each photo is accompanied by its exact location (including OS map reference) enabling you plan your tour with great precision. But be warned you're likely to need to stay in the UK a long time!
Just buy it - it's that good!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Walters on 5 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
In the new digital era where photographs in the media are often retouched and manipulated, it's refreshing to see a set of photographs where the quality of equipment, choice of subject, and reproduction are both natural and top notch.
The authors have patiently selected their material, seasons and weather to take some magnificient pictures. The book itself is far more than the average coffee table book, the photographic material, the historical and geographical notes make this a perfect reminder of England's rich cultural heritage. The natural and man-made beauty should inspire every reader to go forth and explore our green and pleasant land.
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This sumptuously produced book, though plenty large and heavy enough to fit the Coffee Table epithet, soars into a different league.

It was a hopeful rather than an informed purchase, a leaving gift for a foreign colleague, but on delivery my "quick glance" at the content turned into an hour of page-turning fascination. Still a superficial read, yet sufficient to write this review.

The official product description is accurate in a dry sort of way. What you really get is a guided tour of England, both pictorial and narrative, on board a little plane in which you are flying first class. The emphasis is on countryside landmarks and landscapes (lots of castles and ancient fortifications) with a few cityscapes thrown in. Even at 400+ pages the tour doesn't cover every "typically English" location and event - no Royal Ascot, Manchester Ship Canal, Cotswold village, Land's End, London Shard or Olympic stadium (this was published in 2004) - but that is no criticism. The photographs here are large and often achingly beautiful in their clarity and colour. They capture the essence of the respective natural or man-made subjects in a way that modern digitally enhanced images can only aspire to.

And this is not just a pretty picture book. The descriptions of each image and the regional overview in each chapter really do a good job of informing and placing the pictorial tour in context, as do the locality maps at the end of the book.

My next copy of England: An Aerial View will be to keep, but I can foresee a few more copies going to relatives and friends in the coming years...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol on 14 April 2009
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This book is beautifully presented. We regularly buy it to present to overseas visitors as it's a perfect souvenir, despite any language barriers, is easily packed and a lovely reminder of their trip to the UK. I've also bought one for my neighbour's 60th to remind him of places he hasn't been and is still to visit. Brilliant!
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