Long Bach Nguyen is one of the few photographers who enjoys the opportunity to create stunning images from the desk of his day job. As a professional pilot based in Seattle, Long spends most of his time crisscrossing the western United States in a diverse group of aircraft. Whether flying high above in a corporate jet, or down low in the cockpit of a seaplane, Long spends a lot of time in the air with more than 12,000 hours of flying experience. Flying full time provides him the opportunity to capture unusual views of the landscape, spectacular weather formations and other fresh perspectives few photographers ever experience.
Growing up in South Vietnam during the late 1960s and early 1970s, Long never imagined where his life would take him during the next 40 years. As a young boy, he dreamed of flying after watching countless airplanes and helicopters fly over his village. Though he wanted to be a pilot, there was no realistic opportunity to learn to fly in Vietnam. Fast forward to 1982…his family had relocated to Washington, Long had joined the Civil Air Patrol and one August day, he found himself at the controls of a Cessna 150 at a small airport south of Seattle. He credits the Civil Air Patrol for giving him the opportunity to fly and he continues to serve as the squadron commander in Seattle. Long has flown on numerous successful search and rescue missions during more than 35 years of service.
A self taught photographer, Long’s philosophy is to keep the image true to its original and to find the beauty in the subject. He likes to keep images clean, crisp and simple so they can tell the story in a single look. From stunning views of cloud formations over Mt. Rainier to cityscapes and abstract desert formations, Long Nguyen’s airborne camera gives us all a chance to experience his unique perspective on the landscape.