So, I happened to see the news about the “air traffic” mishap of allowing a child to direct traffic, and that made me think of when I (not as young as the child in todays news), as a teenager, somehow got permission to go into the air traffic tower to take pictures for my high school photography class.
I’m trying to figure out exactly how I did that, because as I recall it wasn’t really a big deal back then. I called up the “tower” and said, “Hey, I would like to come out and take pictures from the tower for a photo project”, and I believe the controller just said, “Sure, stop on by”.
Bear in mind, I didn’t get to do any cool stuff like “direct traffic”, but I remember thinking….wow, they’re going to let me hang out up there and see a view not many people get to experience. I seem to recall they said I could drop by anytime too.
So anyway, when you take a photography class (like darkroom development in the old days…this was that kind), there were several assignments such as shooting a photogram, a live animal, scenery, still life, action (freeze), action (pan), a building, formal portrait, sunset or sunrise, and finally what this one was for, a night scene. It was a very interesting class, and I had fun getting “subjects” for my assignments. Surprisingly, I found out most people were more than willing to comply.
I bet that child will have good memories….as long as her dad doesn’t get in too much trouble.
So, here are my old photos that I took from the Air traffic tower in Anchorage, Ak. Enjoy.