A couple of months ago, Hannah Wright of Our State Magazine (Celebrating North Carolina) called me and asked to see a collection of my Carolina Bay aerials.
OK, What is a Carolina Bay? A Carolina Bay is a lake that may have been formed by the ice splash/skip/debris from the meteor that created James Bay in Canada – or maybe not. No one really knows how they were formed. Ranging from far southern Virginia to just barely in Florida, there are a set of lakes that have a similar form. They were not discovered until the 1930’s via aerial photographs. How do I know this? I shot a story for Smithsonian magazine in the late nineties on Carolina Bays. I spent a week, exploring them with a writer on the ground, in the water and of course, in the air.
A few images were in my Getty collection but most of them were resting quietly in a file cabinet. I chose a few for Hannah to review and sent off low-rez scans.
Hannah chose this one, Jones Lake in Bladen county, for the story in the May 2016 issue of Our State.
Technical details: Nikon F5 and good old-contrasty-as-all-get-out, super-saturated Fuji Velvia film processed by the much-loved and not forgotten Capital Color in Arlington, Virginia. I used a Nikkor 35mm F/2 lens, Kenyon-KS-4 gyroscope to keep the vibrations at bay and the aircraft of choice that day, was a well used Cessna 172.
This image is in the Getty collection and if available for additional licensing: http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/photo/carolina-bay-in-robeson-county-north-high-res-stock-photography/88828763