Saturday, September 15, 2007

Innovation of image

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.

(The famous aerial panorama 'SAN FRANCISCO IN RUINS'
taken by George Lawrence in 1906 after the SFO earthquake)

Some very interesting KAP images can be seen on the French photorapher Mr. Nicolas Chorier's website. Mr. Chorier has recently published an edition on India called Kite’s Eye View: India between Earth and Sky. The preview of the book on this website is definitely interest provoking.

Some more photographs on Flickr.

4 comments:

runawaysun said...

Some of the photos on Nicolas Chorier's website are fabulous. Loved his logo too.

Antonia said...

cool, i didn't know such a way of photographing does exist, and you chose a wonderful photo which aptly fits your wonderful blog.

Madhuri said...

@Runawaysun, it is indeed an interesting logo. Have you come accross his book in the bookshops? I saw it recently and the cover is very interesting.Unfortunately I did not see an unpacked copy to ogle at.

@Antonia, even I was quite intrigued when I read about it. This photograph I have here is one of the rare coverages of the earthquake ruins. Lawrence used a massive setup to take this image.

Abeyaby said...

Very interesting!