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Hanging by a Thread: A Kite's View of Wisconsin (Spanish, German and English Edition) (Spanish) Paperback – August 15, 2006
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Wilson has a book to be proud of. . . bringing new perspectives to familiar settings. "What has always intrigued me about this medium of using a kite is the intimacy, not just with the landscape but with people," he explains. Where satellite images are static, remote and gridlike in composition, Wilson's kite cam affords a more human-scale acuity, full of color and life and artistic intent that is beyond the ability of even low-flying surveillance craft. . . . " (It's) a loving look at Wisconsin." Wilson says. "This represents my heart and soul." --David Medaris/Isthmus
About the Author
Craig Wilson has been a kite flyer and builder since 1983. He uses his large kites to lift radio-controlled camera equipment. He has flown his kites and camera system and exhibited his photographs in France, Germany, England, Japan, Belgium, Holland, South Africa, and in many locations in Canada and the United States. His images have been published in magazines and books, and used in advertising. Craig lives in Madison with his wife, two children, and dog, Stampy.
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But then along comes this book, and I'm completely entranced.
The photographs are great. The perspectives are amazing. The text is understated and fun. And the stuff photographed brought tears to my eyes. Especially the Mississippi River covered in fog.
And the stuff people do in Madison--Opera in the Park and the Concerts on the Square and jogging for this that and the other thing and ice fishing and...on and on. All of the oddball things and places and events are endearing.
If you've lived in Wisconsin and loved it...well, buy this book!
I was wrong! I'm not sure if the pictures are National Geographic quality, but they are darned nice pictures. Don't think "pictures from a kite" think about the pictures you'd take if you could float gracefully over the landscape.
As noted by another review, the pictures are much more intimate than normal shots taken from above. They are much more elegant and personal.
My wife is a recent immigrant and has come to love Wisconsin. I bought this for her because I haven't seen any other book that so gracefully and truthfully captures the spirit of Wisconsin. Thanks Mr. Wilson!
Thank you Craig for capturing my memories in a fresh perspective through the pages of your book.
Published in 2011 by the University of Wisconsin Press, HANGING BY A THREAD features over 140 pix taken by Wilson's 'kitecam' of the UW-Madison Memorial Union, EAA Fly-In, UW-Whitewater Stadium, Lake Monona, Milwaukee Blues Fest, High Ground Memorial and various buildings, lighthouses, cranberry bogs, rivers, lakes, bridges, churches, houses, golf courses and farm scenes. Since most of the photographs were taken between 100-150 feet off the ground, they capture detail missing from shots taken by aircraft.
HANGING BY A THREAD is a rara avis, the result of an individual applying his talents and imagination to realize a dream. Highly recommended.
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