Sky High Perspective

Craig Wilson used a kite to take the aerial images of Wisconsin featured in his new book

In twenty-five years of mixing kites and photography, Craig Wilson has learned a thing or two about wind.

Taking photos with a kite requires anticipating where the wind will pull his line and how urban wind tunnels might whipsaw it. He waited months for the right conditions to snap the Madison isthmus; the resultant breathtaking digital panorama intentionally mirrors a historic 1908 kite shot.

Those juxtaposed photos, and two hundred others taken by Wilson in Wisconsin and nearby states, fill A Little More Line: A Kite’s View of Wisconsin & Beyond (Itchy Cat Press, $25).

Wilson opts to see his shots only after the camera descends, and he hand-sews many of his kites. He’s flown them at kite festivals worldwide.

The kites bring joy to Wilson as well as spectators, whose uptilted eyes pepper the book’s pages.

“It’s uplifting,” he says. “No pun intended.”

Karyn Saemann is a Madison-based freelance editor and book reviewer.

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