Amongst the several alternative careers that exist merely in my mind and (day) dreams, a one that figures at least in the top twenty is professional photography. Like all the rest of the list, which includes literature, travel writing and travel journalism for Discovery, I have done nothing to advent this one either and am merely stuck in my dull profession. except browsing on the net for beautiful pictures and sigh at them.
In the course of this browsing, I came upon an innovative form of photography called the ‘Kite Aerial Photography‘ which means shooting photographs from a camera placed on a kite. Surprisingly, I also found that this is not an innovative form – and was first used as long back as 1888 by the French photographer Arthur Batut.
In ‘KAP’ (which is what kite photography is generally called), the photographer uses a camera tied to a kite and remote controlled by a radio remote. Apart from the fact that the concept sounds fantastic – the kite images have a different quality because of the element of shadow – which forms an important part of the image.
taken by George Lawrence in 1906 after the SFO earthquake)
Some more photographs on Flickr.