discovering old black and whites

I was really taken with this photographer – unusual Ariel shots, and the work is amazing the detail and the light is to die for ( just my opinion ) looking back to the old masters especially with black and white work is a real education for me. I can’t believe this guy, he flew by the seat of his pants literally Crashed 9 times !! He was seriously injured on his last flight but that didn’t stop him.

“Alfred Buckham began his career in photography in 1905 and joined the Royal Naval Air Service as a reconnaissance photographer in 1917. He became the first head of aerial reconnaissance for the Royal Navy in the First World War and later a captain in the Royal Naval Air Service. Buckham was involved in 9 crashes, 8 of which saw him relatively unscathed. After the ninth, however, he had to have a tracheotomy and breathed through a small pipe in his neck for the rest of his life. Despite this, he carried on his aerial photography career, often in very perilous conditions. He felt the best shots were made standing up ,writing If one’s right leg is tied to the seat with a scarf or a piece of rope, it is possible to work in perfect security. " taken directly From Wikipedia,

some links to his work – the telegraph link has approx 13 shots

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2123426/Alfred-...

http://www.nationalgalleries.org/collection/onl...

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