The View from the Top

As land-roving mammals, we’ve been sentenced to a lifetime of seeing things from a very limited angle. Sure, we can feign a bird’s-eye view by levitating in helicopters and airplanes, but eventually the gas runs out and we’re back on the ground, reconfined to our lateral view of the world. Luckily photographer Bobby Haas has found a way to take us out of our misery and let us see the world as only our winged brethren can -- through his latest book, a handsome National Geographic hardcover collection of images titled Through the Eyes of the Condor: An Aerial Vision of Latin America.

Haas has captured images of the cities, wilderness, and natural spectacles of Belize, Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, and others by leaning out the doors of copters and small planes. Tonight at 6:00 at Books & Books, you can see the breathtaking photos for yourself, and Haas will be on hand to tell you how it felt to fly like a bird.
Sun., Oct. 14, 6 p.m., 2007

 
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