Sunday, July 06, 2008

Chatham Aerial Photography Book Released with July 12 signing

Chatham, Cape Cod Gets First Aerial Photography Book

Chatham, Massachusetts (July 9, 2008) -- It's hard to believe this book doesn't yet exist, but the many faces of Chatham’s everchanging coastline have now been captured in a newly released coffee table book by photographer Christopher Seufert. "Chatham by Air: Aerial Photographs of Chatham, Massachusetts, 80 photographs in hard cover, hits the streets with a wine and cheese signing at the Christopher Seufert Gallery (2469 Main Street, Chatham) from 3:30pm to 6:30pm on Saturday, July 12.

Shot entirely in 2007 and 2008, the color photos give a priority treatment to the town’s dramatic new break at North Beach. The first 20 images show the progressive erosion in similarly composed images shot over time. Monomoy, downtown Chatham, and virtually every body of water are also revealed in perspectives from the air. Further on, seals bask on sandspits, a scalloper rocks on its anchor in Nantucket Sound, the ever green links of Eastward Ho reflect the light of a sunny day on Pleasant Bay.

While the main project is a traditional hard-cover coffee table book, Seufert, a documentary filmmaker by trade, brought his film and video background to play with a full complement of multimedia components, including a DVD slide show (with 50 additional images) included with the book and also available separately, a free cross-platform screensaver (available as a download from Apple), and a separate 27-minute online video slideshow for sale as a download.
"My core business through Mooncusser Films helped me add a little more kick to the publishing of a Cape Cod photo book, I hope," explains Seufert. "Though I love holding a real book in my hands, photos are no longer something that live only on the printed page. These images really hold up well on a large HD tv and the aerial details are revealed much more truly large like that.”By offering the dvd as a free add-on to the book and giving people the option to purchase it separately for $20 as opposed to the $50 book, I'm hoping to evolve the Cape Cod photo book one step, as it’s a great value at high quality with more images than printed book.
Though Seufert went away to college and spent the early part of his career 'over the bridge,' he grew up in Chatham, where couldn’t help but be influenced by the legendary aerial photographer Dick Kelsey.
“He would shoot our family portrait every year and also progressive aerial photos of our neighborhood so I was very familar with his work,” says Seufert. “Seeing how the Hardings Beach area where I grew up changed so dramatically over time in his photographs, I noticed how well his images functioned as documents of the changing face of Chatham and not just as art. So his work was certainly a big inspiration for this book. He would tip his wings to us when he passed overhead and I’ve always seen him as something of a romantic character, a cowboy of the skies.”
Seufert undertook the photo excursions more for the adventure, foresaking a more scientific approach that would entail shooting the same flats over time at the same tide point in the tides. Working closely with pilot Jill Douglas he chose instead to base his trips more on good weather and on covering every part of town. “I would always go shoot the new break every time I was up, but I also made sure that I got shots of every part of town, including downtown, which I don’t normally see in other Chatham aerial collections. Jill was fantastic, and her skill at the controls really gave me the same ability to hover over one spot as well as if I were in a helicopter. She’s also has a very relaxed and patient demeanor, which made it easy for me to focus on shooting all the time.”
Mr. Seufert currently has most recently had his photos published at, National Public Radio, Cape Cod Magazine, and last year he released his first book “Chatham Views: A Photographic Journal from Chatham, Cape Cod.”
"Chatham by Air", printed by Blurb Press, has 80 8" x 10" pages with 77 full-color original photographs on 80 pd. semi-matte paper stock and is available for $49.95 in hard cover and $36.95 in soft cover, both with bonus dvd. The book is now available online at and locally at Yellow Umbrella Books, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Mark August, Beach Cottage Designs, and Chatham Bars Inn.
For more information please contact:
Christopher Seufert
Christopher Seufert Photography

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