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BC: How did you get started in aerial photography?
PFA: We are two ambitious artists with a passion for photography and the arts, with a particular interest in aerial photography. For the past 5 years, we have been flying around in a Cessna 172 airplane photographing the spectacular terrain of the United States. It began with the Sonoran desert of Arizona, working our way down to the southern states of Louisiana and Texas, then back up to the spectacular gorges of Oregon and the Northwest. We became increasingly amazed with what we were able to capture from the air, which included so many wonderful textures and vibrant colors printed into the terrain.
The farther we explored, the more intrigued we became. Over time, we found letters engraved into the earth and faces printed into the mountaintops. Each photograph reminds us of how connected our wonderful world is. It became apparent to us that everything in daily life is echoed throughout the patterns in nature.
BC: Can you walk us through your process? From finding a location to taking the images to printing and selling in your store.
PFA: Most of the locations are spotted while airborne. When a high priority area is found, it is marked on our flight map so we can return if there happens to be complications due to haze, cloud coverage or fuel shortage not giving ample time to fully photograph the terrain below. Most all of our aerial photos are in locations no one would bother visiting from the ground because they don’t know about it. We constantly find ourselves scouting locations on the ground with a vision of what will be there when photographed from the plane.
Patterns from Above came about after we had accumulated thousands of aerial photos from flying around the country for 5 years. We had been looking for an avenue to display and sell these unique pieces of art when an opportunity presented itself in the form of Patterns from Above.
BC: What are some locations you plan to shoot at in 2012?
PFA: We are pretty content with our coverage of North America, however Louisiana is one state we wouldn’t mind photographing again. As for other countries, first and foremost, Greece would be at the top of the list. Following would be Switzerland, Wales, Japan, New Zealand, Brazil, India, and Morocco just to name a few.
BC: How has your experience been selling prints online?
PFA: It has been a lot of fun! We got featured on fab.com and written up on a variety of blogs as a result. We send our PayPal receipts to a local giclee printer, and they fulfill and ship the orders. So, each sale is a simple as one email.
BC: Why did you choose Big Cartel for your store?
PFA: Our friends and collaborators at Good Apples (www.goodappl.es) recommended using Big Cartel. They customized and built the site.