Road Trip, Summer 09′!

Where in the world are we??

Are we there yet???

Summer was made for road trips and this summer we hit the road!  The girls from Tennessee were seen in over 11 states from north & south to way out west.

Coral kicked back with Todd’s family in Ocean City Maryland..ohhh…the crabs!  And played surfer girl-friend in NYC, stopping off for some fine art at MOMA.

Deanna had a week long road trip from TN to SC back to KY.  They started at the Biltmore (Brady can build that!), built sandcastles in South Carolina (need an aerial, Eden??) and finished up in Kentucky with a belated wedding reception.

Lindsay did the western thing and brought back the most beautiful images by far (our budding photographer!) Starting in Boulder, she made her way through the Rocky Mountains, Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon and stopped for beers on the shores of Lake Powell.

Rachel and Robert headed to the outerbanks for some bike riding through Okracoke and past the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse…dogs included!

Phew…we’re almost done! just one more trip to go…

Wendy celebrated the fourth in Pittsburgh with family and a New England style clambake…the lobsters were divine.  Later in the summer, the photo girls from Atlanta headed down to Gulfport and Biloxi.  Everyone came back a winner (well…almost….).  With one last hurrah this summer, she’ll be heading out to Bald Head, NC for a family reunion…no hurricanes!!!

Hope y’all had a great summer, too. Check out the photos and stay tuned!

The Girls of AI Tenn

Wendy, Rachel, Coral, Deanna & Lindsay.

Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Chruch

Aerial Innovations of Georgia, Inc. would like to thank Benjamin C. Ridgeway for including our aerial photographs in his book documenting the history of  Ebenezer Baptist Church. Ebenezer (Stone of Help) was founded in 1886 in the old Fourth Ward of Atlanta. Michael Luther King moved to Atlanta from Stockbridge, Georgia in 1918, began his three-year minister’s degree program at the Morehouse School of Religion in 1926. He married Alberta Williams that same year at Ebenezer Church. After being assistant pastor from 1927 to 1930 he assumed the duties of pastor in 1931. Reverend King, Sr. changed his name from Michael Luther King to Martin Luther King Sr. after his fathers death in 1933.  In 1960, Martin Luther King Jr. became the first co-pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Horizon Sanctuary at Ebenezer Baptist Church

Horizon Sanctuary at Ebenezer Baptist Church

The Atlanta architectural firm of Stanley, Love-Stanley was chosen to design the Horizon Sanctuary. It is modeled after an African tribal meeting hut. The roof ribbing is reminiscent of African thatch. The bell tower is a weave and glyph patterned obelisk. Placement of the Horizon Sanctuary on Auburn Avenue emphases Ebenezer’s strong commitment to its urban mission as a becon of hope for all citizens of Metro Atlanta.

Copies of the ‘Images of Americia, Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church’ can be obtained from Arcadia Publishing and is in the Library of Congress (control # 2009923608)

Jackie, Aki and Serenity

Jackie and Serinity

Jackie and Serenity

Aki and Serenity
Aki and Serenity
Aerial Innovations of Georgia, Inc.
June 9, 2009 at 6 a.m. Sheri welcomed her great-niece. Serenity is the daughter of Aki and Jackie Sauceda and the grand-daughter of Rebecca (Sheri’s sister). Weighing in at 4lbs. 16ozs. she is ready for the helicopter. Sheri is planning a visit soon this summer. If she brings her back we can put a camera in her hand. Congratulations……

Eight-Year-Olds Are Tough!

So on Tuesday our VP, Julie, came in with a horror story of how her eight-year-old son, Jared, cracked his head on the edge of the sidewalk the night before while playing tackle football in the neighborhood.  Doing what head-wounds do, blood was pouring down his head and back while a neighborhood dad tried to stop it with a handful of gauze.  Julie took Jared to the emergency room where he received five staples to close it up.  And um, yeah, with no local anesthesia.  He later said that the first two didn’t hurt too bad, but he cried during the last three.  It’s OK though, he’s a tough little guy. 

Of course, being the creative photographers that we are, we couldn’t pass up a photo-op.  When Julie picked Jared up from school the next day we did a nice close-up shot of the staples – gore and all.

To make him feel better we decided to make him a special present.  We thought he could use a motivational poster to commemorate the event.  You know, just in case the scar wasn’t going to be enough of a memory.

We heard he liked it so much that he took it around with him and showed all his friends and neighbors.  Go Jared!!!

All in the Family

We found some old photos of my grandfather, Herbert Whittemore, after he passed away several years ago. In one of the photos, he is seen standing on the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier in Providence, Rhode Island which he helped to design.  From 1936 – 1970 he was with the Army Corps of Engineers, his final title was the Chief of the Structural Section.

The images are amazing to me as they show part of a major construction project that he was involved in as well as show the progress of the barrier as it moves from open (during most of the year) to closed (when hurricanes would threaten the harbor.)  Construction just must be in my blood!  And the art of photography has always held a scientific element…using the physics of light, color and spacial relationships to create an image.

Within my family are several other engineers including my cousin Scott Whittemore who is a safety engineer at the Federal Highway Administration…wondering how he’s handling the stimulus package?

Engineering has always been a mystery to me, one that the men in my family spoke a similar language about.  In documenting construction, the arts of architecture, engineering and construction meet to form our subject…thankfully I only have to capture it!

Enjoy the photos!

Wendy Whittemore, Aerial Innovations of Tennessee, Inc.

www.flytenn.com

Eyes wide open

Sweet baby Jaylyn

Sweet baby Jaylyn

Recently I visited Cumberland, KY located in the famous Harlan County. I had never seen anything so eye-opening in my life. I, born and raised in Nashville, kept replaying Patty Loveless singing the ghostly “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” as I tried imaging how it would look. When we arrived 9 hours later (about 2 hours later than expected) it was pitch black and a bit daunting.

The next morning we drove through town to our destination, Club 180. Our task was to work with the Club by helping some teenage mothers with a scrapbooking project. As we sorted out the materials and got prepared the director told us that in Harlan time was very lenient, meaning that time wasn’t really an issue especially when your main client, of sorts, are teenage mothers.

The mothers and children arrived and soon enough I had adopted a little girl named Jaylyn. While her mother pieced together pictures of her high school years and senior trip, Jaylyn and I hung out and played on every toy possible. I couldn’t help but wonder where she would be in 18 years, hopefully not here in Cumberland where unemployment is 70% (before the national recession).

When we drove back to the house we were staying I thanked God for my many blessings and put away the worry about the bills that were waiting for me when I got home. Remember to thank God for dirty dishes.

Club 180 is a Christian ministry that was founded to help local teenagers. They offer teens a safe place to hang out, fitness activities, education assistance and spiritual direction. One finger of their program, Ester’s Closet, is strictly to help teenage mothers in their uphill battle. God Bless the Burkeens and others who continue to praise the Lord. On the Club 180 website you will find this quote: Isaiah 61:1-4 is the passage of scripture that encompasses Club 180 Ministry.  It states, “The Spirit of the Sorvereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”

www.club180ministry.com

www.esterscloset.org

God Bless you and America (whether you like it or not)!

Deanna James

Account Executive

www.flytenn.com