- 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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England: An Aerial View Hardcover – 1 Dec 2004
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From the Publisher
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 Englands 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.
From the Author
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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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!
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.
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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great little book with interesting historical notes.......intend to use it this summer to visit some of the inspirational sites and start to appreciate some history from the ground... Read morePublished 13 days ago by david
Purchased for our South African relatives for Christmas he wished he had more time in England to see all the wonderful sights featured in the bookPublished on 1 Feb. 2014 by sylviabloomfield
Copy bought for friends iin New Zealand They like it and it will encorage them to visit this country we hopePublished on 26 Jun. 2013 by nevjoy
Beautiful book of aerial views and I would like it myself. Good value. Thank you very much indeed. That's all.Published on 29 Jan. 2013 by Mrs. J. M. Dunning