Alex MacLean, Aerial Photographer

Maclean’s pilot licence allows him to photograph our rapidly changing environment and document our impact on the landscapes below. His work is chiefly concerned with development, industry and humanity’s footprint on the natural world. With only one minor accident and one camera lens lost, MacLean continues to spend two to three hours per day flying from one state to the next observing the dramatic landscape below watching it evolve and change. As he said in an interview for Photographer’s Forum in 1994: “It’s easy to fall into imitations yourself. I try to take a fresh approach to all the shots, to be really open to what I’m seeing rather having a premeditated idea about what I’m going to shoot, or forcing a statement out of something that’s not there. My good pictures really come from my being responsive.”

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