Somerset’s coastline looks out over the Bristol Channel northwards towards SouthWales. The Severn
Estuary, which has the second largest tidal range in the world, forms part of the northern border of
Somerset, serving Bristol, once the greatest trading port in the western world.
In this book we are taken on an aerial journey along the coast starting at Avonmouth, one of the most
industrialised landscapes in the Westcountry, prelude to our travels in Somerset, journeying west for
some 40 miles (64km) until we reach the North Devon border. Along our route are the major towns
of Portishead, Clevedon,Weston Super Mare and Burnham-on-Sea, these large towns gradually giving
way to villages and small harbour towns until we meet the moorland heights of Exmoor.
The principal attraction of aerial photographs is that they are literally a bird’s-eye view, allowing us to look
down on the landscape from a perspective that we never normally see.
Jason Hawkes is one of the best
practitioners of this genre of photography. He strives to capture an aesthetic in the images he takes, and
these pictures, sometimes quite abstract in appearance, are often strikingly beautiful in their own right
Jason Hawkes is one of the country’s best-known photographers specialising in aerial photography. From
his base near London he travels worldwide to produce images for books, advertising and design. Since 1991
he has provided photographs for major international companies including Nike, HSBC, Ford, Rolex,Toyota
and BP. The images in this book and the sister publications in the series were specially commissioned by
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 675 1, hardback, 214x230mm, 132 pages. Published April 2008.