Harris aviation book well received

Huge crowd shows up for Chris Harris/Sage Birchwater book launch

Sage Birchwater

Sage Birchwater

Photographer Chris Harris is flying high following the launch of his newest book, Flyover British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin Coast.

It took place at Aviation Day, Sept. 29 at the South Cariboo Regional Airport at 108 Mile, with more than 200 people showing up for an evening presentation at the airport hangar.

The book contains a photographic and written history of aviation in the Cariboo-Chilcotin Coast region, with stories from many of the bush pilots responsible for its development written by Sage Birchwater.

Harris says he was surprised by the response the launch received and notes many of the people in attendance were pilots who flew and drove in from all over B.C.

“I didn’t have any idea it would attract so much attention because it’s such a niche sort of subject. It was like a reunion of sorts for pilots who hadn’t seen each other in years.”

Harris had flown with many of the pilots in order to gather photographs for his book and many were interviewed for their stories. He says the event was a great opportunity to thank them and show them the results of their contributions.

“I got a huge sense of appreciation from people in the aviation industry that their story had been told. It’s always an honour to be a photographer and share my images, but it’s great to be published to preserve history.”