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I am The Eye In The Sky…

Posted in Uncategorized by Simon Bisson on August 1, 2006

…and I’ve been around a lot longer than you might think.

Today is (apparently) the 100th anniversary of the first aerial photograph taken in the UK.

Then and Now. Not much change in a century…

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  1. whotheheckami said,

    Surely people had taken pictures from baloons before that

  2. razorsmile said,

    Is that Stonehenge?

  3. quercus said,

    Loads of them. There’s one on my wall here (Liverpool docks) that’s easily dated to pre-1890.

    It appears to be bad phrasing by the Beeb, and should just be applying to photos of Stonehenge. Given that the army had their balloon artillery spotting school nearby, even that sounds dubious.

  4. sbisson said,

    Hence my choice of the word “apparently”…

    Photography and balloons had to be an early combination!

  5. sbisson said,

    Yes.

  6. sbisson said,

    Interesting! Thanks…

  7. akicif said,

    Well – apart from well-meaning restorationists putting stones “back”, and a certain amount of digging, no.

  8. megadog said,

    Shame the Ancient Britons never finished it: I’ve always thought it would have looked great once they got the roof on.

  9. quercus said,

    Stonehenge had a roof for years, back in King Arthur’s time. Big domed thing.

    …Of course that was back in the day when Lyonesse was quite the resort town. Before the scandal with Sir Percival and the rich offshore Druid of Ynys Mon who wanted to open it up for rune-casting, mass divination by chance and that sort of thing. Quite a success it was for a time, at least for the nobs with money to burn. Nice chicken in a basket they used to do too — burned just lovely they did.

    Pricey though, if it was your own loot you wer frittering away. Next thing you know, there’s a young squire from down Cadbury Castle way who has blown his liege-lord’s entire hoard on the thing. Terrible business. Baron Hardup can’t pay his danegeld and they lose their whole bailey to the bailiffs.

    Then Guinevere runs off with a croupier. Of course after that, Arthur torched the lot.

  10. saffronrose said,

    well, the focal quality has improved a lot!

  11. chilperic said,

    Didn’t the BBC say “first aerial archaeological photograph”? And what it does show is that English Heritage have been very busy tidying it up, like they do most sites they own. It’s faking, really.


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