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LOOK3 TREES Artist George Steinmetz “Wild Air”

  • June 08, 2011 - June 08, 2011
  • Venue Details: Paramount Theater
  • Address: 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Admission: Adult $15; Youth $10
  • 434-979-1333
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WILD AIR Intimate Aerial Views of our Planet Exhibit: Trees on the Downtown Mall May 23-July 11 I took up flying motorized paragliders thirteen years ago so that I could take aerial photos in the most beautiful and remote parts of the Sahara Desert. I immediately grasped the unique possibilities of this foot-launched aircraft as it gives me an unobstructed 180° view of my surroundings from 50 to 5,000 feet above the ground. Itʼs particularly good for photographing wildlife and lets me explore remote areas of countries like Libya, China, or Iran where aircraft cannot be hired for photography. Most of my flying has been over arid lands as I find them the most interesting for aerial photos, like the earth with its living skin stripped away. From the sky I can see the forces that have shaped the land: wind, rain, volcanoes, faults, and increasingly the machinery of humankind. Most of the wetter regions have been developed by humans so deserts have become some of the last great wilderness areas left on our planet, and are equally worthy of protection. George Steinmetz is best known for his exploration photography. He sets out to discover the few remaining secrets in our world today: remote deserts, obscure cultures, the mysteries of science and technology. A regular contributor to National Geographic and GEO Magazines, Steinmetz has photographed – often from the air – subjects ranging from the remotest stretches of Arabia’s Empty Quarter to the unknown tree people of Irian Jaya. George has won numerous awards for photography during his 25-year career, including two first prizes in science and technology from World Press Photo. He has also won awards and citations from Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club and Life Magazine’s Alfred Eisenstadt Awards.