About the Artist
Flying low and slow above America's coastline is where aerial landscape photographer Gordon Campbell feels at home. With only the sound of the engine pushing his light aircraft through the still air at speeds not much faster than a world class sprinter, Gordon Campbell captures the vibrancy, texture, dimension and fragility of our coastline in extreme detail. Over the past 10 years he has covered much of the eastern coastline of the United States with an emphasis on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, nearby barrier island system and Chesapeake Bay. Gordon lives in Cape Charles, Virginia with his wife Christine and daughters Charlotte , Clara and Chloe. He owns and operates out of Campbell Field Airport (9VG) in Weirwood, Virginia during the summer season.
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2020 PBS Virginia Currents TV Segment
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Images by Photographer Mark Atkinson
North Street Market and Gallery
Article by Bay Creek Resort
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Road Trippers article on the ESVA
Gordon's top FAQ's:
Tell me about the aircraft? My current aircraft is called a Dragonfly. Designed by Bobby Bailey in Australia the aircraft was built and certified by Pitman Aero in California. It was designed primarily to tow hang gliders and has excellent slow flight characteristics. The aircraft is certified by the FAA in the Light Sport Category and is equipped with a ballistic parachute and powered by a Rotax 100HP aircraft engine.
Can you take a passenger in the Dragonfly? The aircraft does have a passenger seat but I do not fly passengers other than my wife and daughters.
How long have you been flying? I received my private pilot's license in 1994.
How long have you been taking photos? I started taking photos in 1979 with a Canon A-1. I then moved on to the Canon F-1 in 1981. I purchased my first digital camera, a point and shoot capable of 4mp resolution, in 2003. I started shooting aerial images in 2004 with my first non Canon camera, a 9mp Fuji camera, but quickly returned to Canon with the 5DMarkII and Mark III and now the 5DSR. I have tried other camera systems but have found Canon to perform best in the fast moving aerial environment.
Do you have a favorite image? Yes, it is usually the last one I shot.
Are you married? Yes