A Bird’s Eye View: George Steinmetz’s Aerial Landscapes

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George Steinmetz began his aerial adventures on leave from Stanford in 1979. Thirty one years later he has accumulated thousands of photographs from his flying machine. He showed us a sample here at the Aspen Environment Forum, sponsored by the National Geographic and the Aspen Institute.

The Waw an Namu volcano in S. Libya, A 20K peak in the Himalayas, deserts encroaching on farms in China, immigrant tomato pickers in Saudia Arabia, sand basins in the Sahara- all photographed from a motorized paraglider.

The flying man is determined and creative. He has dodged arrows, fled machine guns, survived crashes, and recovered from severe altitude sickness.

Sorry, I had to remove the photos downloaded from Google images due to copyright protection.

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