May 18, 2010

African Air: Viewing Africa from a Motorized Paraglider

George Steinmetz has one of the coolest jobs in the world. Steinmetz is a professional photographer who uses a motorized paraglider to capture unique sights from around the world.

africanair2.jpgOne of the greatest benefits of my private pilot's license is the ability to enjoy a unique viewpoint of the world that the few of us that can fly enjoy. Steinmetz takes that privileged to a whole new level flying on of the most primitive flying machines and gets airborne over some of the most remote parts of the world. His reward is our treat, award winning photos that have been featured in National Geographic and Life Magazine.

I have always been intrigued by aerial photography. Previously, I have written about Yann Arthus Bertrand and his aerial photography book Earth From the Air. Both Bertrand and Steinmetz are extremely talented photographers however I am drawn to Steinmetz's photos more maybe due to the intimate nature of flying so primitively in such remote destinations.

This time last year I had the opportunity to go on Safari in Zambia and Botswana. I was blown away by the stunning landscape and the amazing wildlife. Seeing Steinmetz's photos brought back this wonderful place to the forefront of my memory. He merged my love for Africa and Travel with the excitement and thrill of aviation.

The video below will give you a snapshot of some of his amazing photographs. You can buy his book "African Air", view more of his photos, or learn about his motorized paraglider on his website.

George Steinmetz - African Air from George Steinmetz on Vimeo.

Posted by at May 18, 2010 7:04 PM

I could watch that video over and over again!!

Agreed, that that is the coolest job in the world.

Posted by: Fan of Helicopter at May 27, 2010 2:12 PM | Reply

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