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.