Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Pursuing a Higher Calling: Georgia Trust Exec Combines Two Passions ... at 1,000 Feet

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Pursuing a Higher Calling: Georgia Trust Exec Combines Two Passions ... at 1,000 Feet

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Dan Davis often has his head in the clouds. Literally.

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When he's not behind his desk working as principal at Reliance Trust Company in Atlanta, you can find him behind the controls of his 1947 Piper Cub plane. His love affair with flying began early. As a child and preteen, he would save every penny (ever the banker) so he could buy books and magazines on flying. After a failed flight attempt with a bed sheet parachute at eight years old, Davis kept his feet on the ground until he began to learn to fly--properly--in 1974.

"It's the sheer beauty of the act that keeps me going," he says. "My family and friends tell me they always can tell when I've been flying: My smile stretches from one ear to the other."

Davis' second love, photography, soon merged with flying, and for the past 30 years, he has been taking to the skies with one of his many cameras. "The beauty of the landscape from 500 or 1,000 feet is awe-inspiring," he says. "Even things that are not particularly attractive from ground level take on a whole new dimension from the air."

While on the ground, Davis prefers action and candid shots of children and athletic events. While in the air, he shoots nature, landscapes, and some cityscapes. He's captured everything from sunsets and interesting cloud formations to unique aircraft in flight.

So how does he manage the two very separate acts of flying and taking pictures? If the subject is on the ground, he'll put the plane in a turn and shoot out the window. If he's shooting another aircraft, he will take pictures from an open window. …

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