Taking photos from great heights is all the rage these days. Which makes sense, given how easy it now is to get your hands on a camera-equipped drone, or commandeer a satellite. But after seeing this photo of Edinburgh, taken by Alfred Buckham around 1920, we’re not sure there’s much need to keep snapping. Put your lens caps on, pilots: the most majestic aerial photo was taken nearly a century ago!
Even more impressive than how the photo looks is how dangerous it would have been to take – and how little Buckham apparently cared about his own safety. As the man himself wrote:
It is not easy to tumble out of an aeroplane, unless you really want to, and on considerably more than a thousand flights I have used a safety belt only once and then it was thrust upon me. I always stand up to make an exposure and, taking the precaution to tie my right leg to the seat, I am free to move about rapidly, and easily, in any desired direction; and loop the loop and indulge in other such delights, with perfect safety.
We’re going to go out on a limb and say that “perfect safety” is a relative term.