Aerial Photos of Botswana Wildlife by Zack Seckler

Jan 27, 2014 0 comments

Brooklyn-based photographer Zack Seckler soared above Botswana's landscape from an Ultralight aircraft, less than 500 feet from ground, to capture the wildlife of the Makgadikgadi Pan and the Okavango Delta.

“Being above the ground at such low elevations, and having the ability to precisely maneuver, was like gliding over an enormous painting and being able to create brushstrokes at will. As soon as I saw the landscape from above I knew there was potential to create a special body of work,” said Zack Seckler.


Seckler was on a commissioned photo shoot in Botswana, and while sitting in his hotel room after the job was over, the possibility of an aerial photo shoot dawned upon him. He went out on a flight with a local bush pilot in an Ultralight aircraft “to see the landscape form a new angle.”

The plane Seckler used was an Ultralight, an extremely maneuverable aircraft that could takeoff or touch down on any flat strip of land, with only 100 feet of clearance. "No doors, no windows, just a windshield. This thing can takeoff or land in only 100 feet of bush runway," said Seckler. "For the most part, the animals didn't notice us."










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