National Geographic : 2010 Dec
PHOTO JOURNAL |DANIEL GORDON My flying style (left, aloft in the Hudson Valley) improved over the four years I worked on this project. I had to concentrate on keeping my body parallel to the ground. It's actually very painful to do---even before I hit the ground. I never wanted the pictures' back- grounds to be too specific or identifiable. Most were either in California, where I grew up, or near Bard College in New York's Hudson Valley. Here I am, barely visible, flying over a Napa Valley field (above).