A sign of the times

Pinnacle Building, Nashville, TN

Pinnacle Building, Nashville, TN

Driving into Nashville after the Memorial Day weekend…as our skyline came into view, there was a missing structure.  The last tower crane had come down.  For the six years we have been in Nashville, I don’t think we have been without at least one tower crane in downtown or the Gulch or even Vanderbilt.  As we continue to service and fly for the construction industry, we will been on the lookout for the next tower crane…hopefully soon!  If this is a sign of the times, then it can only be good for our skyline shots (although we think the skyline is prettier with those graceful cranes!)

Wendy Whittemore

Co Owner/Photographer

Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc.

www.flytenn.com

Spring is Too Much Fun!

Spring Fever is here in Tennessee, which usually means allergies!  To help with that cabin fever, we have been hitting the road, getting out to meet clients, going bowling and flying, flying , flying.  It is so nice to see green again (in the trees at least!)  Below are a few of our adventures, some spring shots, Lindsay and Wendy in Knoxville and the Fly Girls at the NAIOP First Annual Bowling Challenge (hey, we can’t golf, fish or shoot but we can drink beer and bowl…enjoy!)

Posted by Wendy Whittemore

Aerial Innovations of Tennessee, Inc.

www.flytenn.com

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

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