Dorset, of all the English counties, can easily claim to have the most romantic of landscapes, and the dramatic
beauty of her coastline underlines this fact. From associations with the novels ofThomas Hardy, through
to the unforgettable scene portrayed in the cinematic version of The French Lieutenant’sWoman, filmed on
the Cob at Lyme Regis, this is truly a landscape for romantics.
The photographs in this book capture this perfectly: revealing the Dorset landscape as few of us have seen
it before. Here we are taken on an aerial journey from the westernmost point where Dorset meets Devon,
from Lyme Regis, pastWeymouth to the Isle of Purbeck, and across the broad sweep of Poole Bay to
Bournemouth and Christchurch. On this journey of around 70 miles (115 kilometres) we pass the wonderfully
sculpted cliff formations around Lulworth, and fly over tiny seaside villages and large towns. This too is
the coastline known as The Jurassic Coast.
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. Such pictures reveal to us things
that are normally hidden from view, and often surprise us when we find that what we had imagined the
layout of the land to be is in reality quite different. The best practitioners of this genre of photography also
strive to capture an aesthetic in the images they take, 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 679 9, hardback, 214x230mm, 132 pages. Published May 2008.