Aerials of the African Coast Weave Together a “Narrative of the Life, Landscapes and Moods of Places”

by Carolyn Sotka

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The nets of Bangue, Mozambique. Photograph by Jan and Jay Roode & Skyhawk Design & Photography/Big Sky Studio

Over the last five years, Jan and Jay Roode have combined their passion for aviation, conservation and adventure into these stunning images of the African coast. Their company Skyhawk Photography began as a dream to photograph Southern Africa from above, but evolved into an insatiable addiction to the vast space and endless horizons only flight can bring.

The Roodes have flown over 40,000 nautical miles to capture images of life sewn into the tapestry of a sometimes unimaginable African landscape. The photographs featured here represent both coastal life and landscape in Mozambique and Namibia.

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Sandwich Harbour, to be found approximately 80km south of the coastal town of Walvis Bay on the Namibian coastline and forms part of the Namib Naukluft National Park. Sandwich harbour is an IBA (Important Bird Area) for a plethora of bird species such as Great White pelican and thousands of Lesser and Greater Flamingo. Photograph by Jan and Jay Roode & Skyhawk Design & Photography/Big Sky Studios.

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Wings over Sao Sebastiao, Mozambique. Photograph by Jan and Jay Roode & Skyhawk Design & Photography/Big Sky Studios.

Through partnership with conservation organizations, their aerial images are not only used for awareness raising and but also to inspire action to protect precious places, livelihoods and sustainable incomes.

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Boat and markets North of Zalala. Photograph by Jan and Jay Roode & Skyhawk Design & Photography/Big Sky Studios.

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Sandwich Harbour, Walvis Bay on the Namibian coastline.  Photograph by Jan and Jay Roode & Skyhawk Design & Photography/Big Sky Studios.

A percentage of the sale of each Skyhawk fine art print goes directly to an organization working with the environment in the country in which it was taken. Skyhawk’s images have been exhibited internationally and adorn the walls of collectors the world over

Check out Skyhawk’s on-line gallery that also includes inland ecosystems, wildlife and communities and contribute to their conservation efforts through the purchase of the Roode’s photographs. – CS

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