The View from Above

Cameron Davidson appeared recently on the Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss his latest book, Chesapeake: The Aerial Photography of Cameron Davidson. He was joined by Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, who wrote the book’s text. You may listen to the entire interview on the episode page of the show’s web site.

The nearly hour-long conversation touches on the terrific diversity of the Chesapeake region, as well as the authors’ hope that people can see past the political issues, which in the nearby metropolises of Washington and Baltimore tend to dominate all discussions of the bay, and enjoy what is still an awesome display of nature. Davidson also addresses the difficulty of his highly specialized brand of photography, which finds him in aircraft ranging from planes at 8,500 feet to low-flying helicopters slowed down to 40 knots per hour. Most people will be surprised to find it really is simply a matter of a harnessed human leaning out of the open door and snapping away. (Trade secret for butterflies in the stomach: eat a bagel before you go up, it soaks up the stomach acid.) In addition to the broadcast itself, the episode’s web page includes a video showing him at work above the Chesapeake. The page also offers a gallery of photos from the book, complete with captions.

Davidson is very active online, keeping both a blog and a state-of-the-art professional site, which includes an extensive portfolio.

Chesapeake: The Aerial Photography of Cameron Davidson is available now.