Artful photos touch on aviation history from Tuskegee Airmen and early Delta DC-3 passenger aircraft to modern lightweight planes in John Slemp's program Reaching Higher: Aviation Art.

In a short program, Slemp gives even the most casual appreciator of aviation a good dose of enthusiasm. He helps his audience see aircraft, vintage to modern, with an artist eye for shape, line, form, texture and pattern while noting the significance of each plane he photographs. He gives the audience a glimpse into life at competitive airshows. He also introduces us to Patty Wagstaff, three times national aerobatic champion in a row, and other famous contemporary aviators.

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During the last decade, Slemp began to focus his professional photography career on aviation, an interest he's had since elementary school where he drew aircraft in the margins of his school assignments. He has a long list of commercial clients including Goodyear Aviation Tire where his photos are included on the calendars.

This Community Snapshot coordinateD with the community event Athens Aviation: Then, Now, Next on March 23, 2012.