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Through the Eyes of the Vikings
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In 2005, aerial photographer and author Robert Haas introduced his first National Geographic title, "Through the Eyes of the Gods: An Aerial Vision of Africa". Two years later came the popular "Through the Eyes of the Condor: An Aerial Vision of Latin America". When Haas undertook his third high-flying project, he set out to conduct extensive aerial photography in the lands of the Vikings - concentrating on regions that transect the Arctic Circle, specifically Alaska, northern Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. While photographing these lands over a three-year period, Haas endeavoured to capture imagery reflecting three key visual elements of the region: landscapes, wildlife, and human footprint. As the resulting body of work makes abundantly clear, the shots that Haas brought back reveal a much deeper and more complex picture than anyone expected. In portraying the far north, "Through the Eyes of the Vikings: An Aerial Vision of Arctic Lands" goes far beyond simply attractive pictures. Rather, this unusual book tells a combined visual and textual story about an endangered region whose unexpected beauty is worth preserving for its own sake - and whose precarious fate will impact the entire globe. Several narrative features add context to the visuals. Haas contributes a thoughtful introduction, and essays in each chapter quote from the works of noted Arctic authors and explorers, both historical and contemporary. These messages span 100 years of human interaction with the northlands and reflect on topics that range from the risks inherent in Arctic exploration to the appealing simplicity of native life to the current challenges posed by climate change. To help readers navigate the lands of the Vikings, National Geographic's hallmark maps appear in full colour and detail. In addition to a large two-page map of the Arctic at the front of the book, the back matter features several pages of country maps, complete with notes on history, culture, topography, and environment, as well as facts on population, area, industries, and more. "Through the Eyes of the Vikings" reveals, in an unforgettable way, the visual magnificence and unique characteristics of each Arctic region - and it delivers a potent message of environmental urgency that cannot be ignored.
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Robert B. Haas is the author and photographer of six photographic books. Since 2002, Haas has focused his artistic endeavors primarily on aerial photography, in an effort to capture the grandeur and mystique of Earth's continents from this unique perspective. His two previous photography books are among the most successful and widely distributed single-photographer books ever published by National Geographic. Haas's photographs have appeared in numerous publications and in exhibits around the world.

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"...likely to be his third "National Geographic" blockbuster...a photo panorama of the vast spaces traveled by early Nordic explorers"-"Dallas Morning News" ."..likely to be his third "National Geographic" blockbuster...a photo panorama of the vast spaces traveled by early Nordic explorers"--"Dallas Morning News" ...likely to be his third National Geographic blockbuster a photo panorama of the vast spaces traveled by early Nordic explorers Dallas Morning News breaks through the misconception that the Arctic is barren and colorless. The images Haas makes are awash in red, blue and orange not just black and white and full of the natural world that National Geographic books do so well. The Sunday Oregonian Daredevil aerial photographer Robert Haas probably could have had a circus career if he hadn t chosen photography. He apparently thinks nothing of hanging outside a plane or helicopter to get just the right shot. And get them he does showcases Earth s astonishing beauty and variety from perches most mere mortals would never dare Haas is also a terrific writer. Dallas Morning News Sunday Gift Guide, Kansas City Star (12/19) For most of us, there is probably no part of the world less familiar than the area beyond the Arctic Circle. As Haas photos reveal, it s not a bleak expanse of snow and ice but a starkly beautiful land carved by glaciers, currents, and wind. Entertainment Weekly Aerial photographer Haas continues his magnificent Through the Eyes series, following volumes on Africa and Latin America with an on-the-wing tour of the Arctic Circle. Booklist What is left to challenge a man who has made a fortune in mergers and acquisitions and established an international reputation as an aerial photographer? For Robert B. Haas, the next frontier was the Arctic Haas operates from a helicopter with the door removed, with only a leather harness separating him from security and a face-to-face meeting with his subject matter likely to be his third National Geographic blockbuster a photo panorama of the vast spaces traveled by early Nordic explorers. Dallas Morning News" ."..likely to be his third National Geographic blockbuster...a photo panorama of the vast spaces traveled by early Nordic explorers"--Dallas Morning News."..breaks through the misconception that the Arctic is barren and colorless. The images Haas makes are awash in red, blue and orange--not just black and white--and full of the natural world that National Geographic books do so well." -The Sunday Oregonian "Daredevil aerial photographer Robert Haas probably could have had a circus career if he hadn't chosen photography. He apparently thinks nothing of hanging outside a plane or helicopter to get just the right shot. And get them he does...showcases Earth's astonishing beauty and variety from perches most mere mortals would never dare...Haas...is also a terrific writer. -Dallas Morning News Sunday Gift Guide, Kansas City Star (12/19) "For most of us, there is probably no part of the world less familiar than the area beyond the Arctic Circle. As Haas' photos reveal, it's not a bleak expanse of snow and ice but a starkly beautiful land carved by glaciers, currents, and wind." -Entertainment Weekly "Aerial photographer Haas continues his magnificent Through the Eyes series, following volumes on Africa and Latin America with an on-the-wing tour of the Arctic Circle." -Booklist "What is left to challenge a man who has made a fortune in mergers and acquisitions and established an international reputation as an aerial photographer? For Robert B. Haas, the next frontier was the Arctic...Haas operates from a helicopter with the door removed, with only a leather harness separating him from security and a face-to-face meeting with his subject matter...likely to be his third National Geographic blockbuster...a photo panorama of the vast spaces traveled by early Nordic explorers." -Dallas Morning News

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