The arrival of photography created a new way of seeing. The arrival of aerial photography created a new way of using that new way of seeing. Photographing from above offers a form of visual liberation. Its practitioners slip not only the surly bonds of Earth but the perhaps even surlier bonds of perspective and familiarity.
A few photographers, such as William Garnett and Alex MacLean, have specialized in aerial photography. Others, like Terry Evans or Bradford Washburn, have dabbled in it.