That’s what he studied in college and what he translates into his photography. “I have been a U.S. citizen since I was 18, but sometimes I do consider myself a foreigner, and for that reason I want to show people how beautiful their country is,” Nguyen says. His family left Vietnam in April 1975 at the fall of Saigon, emigrating to the United States and settling in Seattle. He joined the Civil Air Patrol and soloed in 1982 in just 10 hours at age 16.
Nguyen has been accumulating hours and time in types since then. He is a corporate pilot flying the Cessna Citation CJ3, a Kodiak demonstration pilot for Modern Kodiak, and a ferry pilot with extraordinary routes including Bangkok to Seattle in a CJ3; Seattle to Barcelona, Spain, in a Citation I; and Seattle to Sweden in a King Air 350.
“I like to capture what I see along the way,” he said, marveling at the perspective he gets from 1,500 feet to 45,000 feet, and at the unique patterns and pathways in the landscape. He’s nearly giddy when he describes seeing Woodstock—Snoopy’s little bird buddy—in the convergence of rivers in Florida (see below).
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