The first photograph I created in my Wright Brothers series was the Amos Root quote image. It’s a photograph of the catapult the Wright Brothers built to propel their machine up to speed quickly at Huffman Prairie. After I looked at the images I created I started looking at other images the Wright’s had made and found the image of the plane flying at Huffman Prairie. Using PhotoShop I combined the two images so that the horizons lines up.

Wright Brothers, 7 Hawthorn Street by Dan Cleary of Cleary Creative Photography in Dayton Ohio
Wright Brothers Gliding From Top Of Kill Devel Hill by Dan Cleary in Dayton Ohio
Wright Brothers Glider at Kill Devel Hill by Dan Cleary of Cleary Creative Photography in Dayton Ohio
"Kite Flying" Wright Brother Photo series by Dan Cleary in Dayton Ohio

The image I found the image of the plane on the internet and I thought my final image was very successful. The only problem was the Wright’s image was a low resolution internet image. So I started doing some research and found that both the Library of Congress and Wright State University library had scanned many of the Wright Brothers original prints and negative in high resolution. I contacted Wright State University and they allow me to obtain the images I need directly from them. I am also able to download high rez original scans from the Library of Congress. My first trip out to Huffman Prairie was in the winter of 2015. I did research on both Wright State library and the Library of Congresses web site and knew what images were there so last summer my wife and I went Kitty Hawk, South Carolina to visit the National Park.

Wright Brothers photograph, Nov 24th 1903 by Dan Cleary of Cleary Creative Photography in Dayton Ohio
Wright Brothers First Flight by Dan Cleary of Cleary Creative Photography in Dayton Ohio

While at Kitty Hawk I created many photographs that I could use with Wright Brothers photographs. One of the Wright Brothers other attributes was they were prolific writers. They both keep detailed journals. The Library of Congress have scanned their journals and Wright State Uni library has many original journals which is where I get the quotes included in each piece. I also get the quote from a couple books I have read including David MaCullough’s auto-biography of the Wright Brothers.

Wright Brothers, Amos Root quote by Dan Cleary of Cleary Creative Photography in Dayton Ohio
Wright Brothers Flight #85 by Dan Cleary of Cleary Creative Photography in Dayton Ohio