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Jason Hawkes is one of the finest aerial photographers. He has been photographing Britain and the other parts of the world from above since 1991 when he started going up in microlights. Leaning out of the door of a twin squirrel helicopter, Mr Hawkes shoot jaw dropping pictures of the earth below using a Nikon D3 tethered to a Mac. In his extensive career he has clocked up thousands of hours flying over such varied locations as Norway, Colombia, Morocco and even the streets of New York. He has published over 40 photography books.
Jason says he enjoys shooting from above as you can show places from an entirely new perspective.
“I find it more interesting to shoot abstract, art formed images of things that are natural or man made which you don’t know are there until you happen to fly over them. Shooting icons like the London Eye at night is really great and it’s lit up beautifully so you can create some really interesting patterns that you are not quite aware of when you are on the ground.”
His favourite British location remains the eastern coastline of Scotland, “(There are) some amazing beaches and there is nobody there, just some wildlife seals, it’s absolutely stunning”.