Open Space

Phillip Gamblen
Kite Aerial Photography
August 2001

Link to Phillip Gamblem's Kite Aerial Photography Website

I find it fascinating how familiar surroundings suddenly become so different when viewed from a new perspective. They become almost unrecognisable, as if you are seeing them for the first time.

For the main part, most of us see the world from the same perspective all the time.
We walk, we drive and we live on or very close to the ground level. Except for when we go up a tall building or structure, or the relatively rare times that we might fly, we never get the chance to see familiar surroundings from up in the air.

Out of curiosity, I began taking photographs from a small camera attached to a kite in an attempt to see the world from a new vantage point. With varying degrees of success, the results have been fascinating and often surprising. Even mistakes, the blurred shots, pictures of feet, or images taken from lower than I was hoping for have had qualities that I wasn't expecting. I was aiming for a degree of realism but have been surprised by the abstract beauty in some of the images.