ABA Banking Journal - February 2012 - (Page 52)

First person | dan davis Pursuing a higher calling Georgia trust exec combines two passions . . . at 1,000 feet Dan Davis often has his head in the clouds. Literally. 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 Dan Davis prefers a window seat. He loves the view. Believe it or not, he takes ear to the other.” pictures this way while flying (with a harness). That’s a Nikon D3 he’s wielding. Davis’ second love, photography, soon merged with flying, and for the considered unknown and unapprepast 30 years, he has been taking to the skies with one of his many cameras. ciated events and people in history. “The beauty of the landscape from 500 or 1,000 feet is awe-inspiring,” he He’s currently working on a docusays. “Even things that are not particularly attractive from ground level take mentary about Agricultural Aviation on a whole new dimension from the air.” and its inherent dangers. In addiWhile on the ground, Davis prefers action and candid shots of children tion, he’s shot sequences for five or and athletic events. While in the air, he shoots nature, landscapes, and some six documentaries, and he’s made cityscapes. He’s captured everything from sunsets and interesting cloud forseveral educational videos—includmations to unique aircraft in flight. ing many for the banking industry. So how does he manage the two very separate acts of flying and taking picHe looks forward to spending tures? If the subject is on the ground, he’ll put the plane in a turn and shoot more time behind the camera in his out the window. If he’s shooting another aircraft, he will take pictures from retirement, because the process of an open window. On some of the planes he’s flown, he’s even had the option creating documentaries part-time of shooting out of portholes in the floor or removing the doors (similar to the can take a year or two to complete. pose in the photo, above; and, yes, he would be harnessed). For now, he’s just happy to be in With a hobby that takes him to such great heights, you’d think Davis the air. “I’m actually enjoying aerial wouldn’t fear them. Think again. “Actually, I’m scared to death of heights! and action photography more than Standing on a tall building makes my knees weak,” he confesses. “Here’s the ever,” he says. “It’s not as time condifference: I can fly the plane; I can’t fly the mountain or the building.” suming” as the documentaries, “and When Davis isn’t taking to the skies, he’s working on documentaries about I get instant gratification!” flying and other subjects. A history buff, Davis was tired of the same topics —Ashley Bray, freelance writer being treated repeatedly on television, so he set out to give a voice to what he 52  |  ABA BANKING JOURNAL  |  february 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABA Banking Journal - February 2012

ABA Banking Journal - February 2012
Contents
Chairman’s View
Editor’s Column
The Economy
Bank Notes
Picture This
ABA Community Banking
Pass the Aspirin
Tech Topics
Stop Drowning Us
10 Tech Trends to Follow in 2012
Compliance Clinic
Compliance Inbox
Aba Resources
Legal Issues
First Person

ABA Banking Journal - February 2012

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