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A Higher Perspective - by Tore Ofteness

Longtime PAPA member Publishes his First Book of Photography

Tore Ofteness, (Tore Ofteness Photography) of Bellingham, began his lifelong love affair with aerial photography in 1964 while serving in the military.  His early experiments photographing from a fixed wing aircraft with a Kodak Brownie camera led him to a career in photography that earned him widespread acclaim from those who he has photographed for and from friends and colleagues in PAPA and beyond.  Tore was presented with the PAPA lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

"I spent the first eight years of my life in rural Norway, surrounded by water, hills and mountains. In order to see it properly, I climbed trees for a higher perspective. When I came to Bellingham, the landscape was much like Norway so I quickly felt at home – but airplanes have replaced climbing trees. Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are surrounded by beautiful landscapes – the Salish Sea to the west and the Cascade mountains to our east. I have long been drawn to the mountains – especially to photograph them from the air, which shows them in context and gives one a sense of scale."

At an art show opening at the Whatcom Museum of History and Art last year, Tore was approached by the owner of a local bookstore, Village Books.  He suggested that Tore publish a book of his beautiful photography.  “A couple of months ago, I followed up on that suggestion,” said Tore, “and a book is in the works.”

The book is being published by Village books and is nearly 100 pages.

The title is:

 A Higher Perspective,

 Aerial Photographs of the Pacific Northwest by Tore Ofteness

The book may be purchased online for $24.95 at Village Books:


Tore can be reached directly at

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