The Aerial Photography History of Newport Center/Fashion Island” is part of John Wayne Airport's (JWA) Arts Program.
Fred L. Emmert and Richard N. Frost, co-authors of the book, “Newport Beach, California, Newport Center | Fashion Island, 50 Years in the Making” arranged the exhibit which will transport guests through a visual journey recollecting the 50-year history of Newport Center/Fashion Island.
"This exhibit chronicles an important segment of Newport Beach and Orange County history; capturing the transformation of the Fashion Island area from open space to a prominent center of business and entertainment," said Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel. "I encourage John Wayne Airport guests to view this unique reflection of history from an aerial perspective."
This chronological aerial photography exhibit begins with an Orange County archive image from July of 1953 detailing the site of the Third National Boy Scout Jamboree, which is now the location of Newport Center/Fashion Island. The subsequent images are a progression of the planning, design and development of the Newport Center/ Fashion Island area from 1961 until January 2017. Each aerial image from the exhibit provides a different perspective, by identifying the direction the photograph was taken.
To enhance the exhibit, the photographic images were printed on wood. The wood canvas was carefully selected to ensure that the images aesthetically blend with the wood’s natural patterns and characteristics. The ink is infused into the wood with a 10-step printing process, resulting in colors that remain vibrant while allowing the wood grain to show through the image.
Fred L. Emmert is a commercial rated pilot with CFI-I Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument endorsement. Fred’s professional designations include Master Aerial Photographer from the Professional Aerial Photographers Association International and a Lifetime Achievement Award. He is especially proud of his work being accepted into the collections at the United States Golf Association and the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Richard N. Frost was a co-founder of Frost Trinen Partners in 1974. The firm specialized in leasing large office projects and the sale of a number of the highest valued parcels for development in the Orange County airport area. Frost recognized the benefit of projecting future growth trends of properties and developments based on past trends employing aerial photography to visually communicate his unique perspective.