The View from Above: Newly Added Photos from Carol M. Highsmith

Today we take to the air with photographer Carol M. Highsmith and journey up and down the Eastern seaboard. Over the last year, photos of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia have come to the Library of Congress to be added to the ever-growing Carol M. Highsmith Archive. Highsmith’s project to document America with her camera took her through numerous states on the East Coast in the last few years, and in many states, she took to the skies to capture aerial views of the land and water below. These aerial (and some almost aerial) views are just a portion of the photos taken of these states, and the change in altitude certainly offers a new perspective. Let’s start and finish above small islands in the selected photos below, first up north in Maine and then all the way down south in Georgia!

Maine:

An October 2017 aerial view of the Cape Neddick Lighthouse, better known as the "Nubble Light," off Wells, Maine. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 Oct. 18. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.46611

An October 2017 aerial view of the Cape Neddick Lighthouse, better known as the “Nubble Light,” off Wells, Maine. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 Oct. 18. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.46611

An October 2017 aerial view of the terrain, somewhat away from the Maine coastline between Kennebunkport and Old Orchard, Maine. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 Oct. 18. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.46574

An October 2017 aerial view of the terrain, somewhat away from the Maine coastline between Kennebunkport and Old Orchard, Maine. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 Oct. 18. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.46574

New Hampshire:

Aerial view of a portion of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Maine, right, lies across the Piscataqua River. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 Oct. 18. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.48361

Aerial view of a portion of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Maine, right, lies across the Piscataqua River. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 Oct. 18. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.48361

Vermont: Highsmith stayed on the ground in Vermont, but still captured some breathtaking vistas, such as the one below:

View of Lake Champlain, the large lake that separates Vermont and New York State, from Shelburne, Vermont. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 Sept. 27. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.45993

View of Lake Champlain, the large lake that separates Vermont and New York State, from Shelburne, Vermont. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 Sept. 27. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.45993

New Jersey:

Beaches on the New Jersey shore in Margate City, New Jersey, home to Lucy the Elephant. Lucy the Elephant is a six-story elephant-shaped example of novelty architecture, constructed of wood and tin sheeting in 1881 by James V. Lafferty in Margate City, New Jersey, two miles south of Atlantic City. Today, Lucy is the oldest surviving roadside tourist attraction in America. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 Aug. 9. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.44826

Beaches on the New Jersey shore in Margate City, New Jersey, home to Lucy the Elephant. Lucy the Elephant is a six-story elephant-shaped example of novelty architecture, constructed of wood and tin sheeting in 1881 by James V. Lafferty in Margate City, New Jersey, two miles south of Atlantic City. Today, Lucy is the oldest surviving roadside tourist attraction in America. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 Aug. 9. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.44826

Marsh area at the New Jersey shore near Atlantic City. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 Aug. 9. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.45416

Marsh area at the New Jersey shore near Atlantic City. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 Aug. 9. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.45416

North Carolina:

Aerial view of the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, a northern suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 May 26. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.43329

Aerial view of the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, a northern suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 May 26. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.43329

And while this is not technically an aerial view, it certainly has that feeling as we look down on the world from Beech Mountain, known as the highest town east of the Rocky Mountains!

View of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the town of Beech Mountain, at 5,506 feet altitude, which is the highest town east of the Rocky Mountains. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 June 2. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.43383

View of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the town of Beech Mountain, at 5,506 feet altitude, which is the highest town east of the Rocky Mountains. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 June 2. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.43383

South Carolina:

Aerial view of beach homes along the Atlantic Ocean coast on Fripp Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 May 1. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.42970

Aerial view of beach homes along the Atlantic Ocean coast on Fripp Island in Beaufort County, South Carolina. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 May 1. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.42970

Aerial view of the grounds at Middleton Place, a historic plantation in Dorchester County, South Carolina, near Charleston. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 May 1. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.43032

Aerial view of the grounds at Middleton Place, a historic plantation in Dorchester County, South Carolina, near Charleston. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 May 1. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.43032

Georgia:

An aerial view of Savannah, Georgia. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 May 26. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.43491

An aerial view of Savannah, Georgia. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 May 26. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.43491

Aerial view of Tybee Island, Georgia. Tybee is a barrier island in Chatham County, near Savannah. It is the easternmost point in Georgia. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 May 26. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.43593

Aerial view of Tybee Island, Georgia. Tybee is a barrier island in Chatham County, near Savannah. It is the easternmost point in Georgia. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith, 2017 May 26. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.43593

 

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