Above The Clouds

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Produced for Scott Mead, published by Prestel


Above the Clouds is, at its core, a letter from photographer Scott Mead to his younger self. A reminder for us all that time spent travelling is not time wasted. Rather it’s a time to consider, a time to think: a precious chance to spend time Above the Clouds.

The Book itself takes the reader on an astonishing journey witnessed through the photographs taken, with nothing more than a normal camera, through the windows of commercial aircraft. Extraordinary vistas and provoking views appear as Scott travelled around the world for his work. We see cities we thought familiar now looking unfamiliar and scenes we assume to be exotic are revealed as places we know well. And as for the clouds… who knew there was so much variety and beauty.

The Challenge

Making a book is a complicated business, even more so when the designer and publisher are in Munich and the client is often halfway between London and New York. Our job was to keep the whole project moving and on track by choosing the right suppliers and partners to work on each element of the book. Colour is crucial and we worked very closely with Edwin Ingram on the origination of the images followed by long nights on press colour checking each page as it was printed.



  • 136 pages.
  • Size: 296 x 355mm (landscape).
  • Book design by Florian Frohnholzer.
  • Photography retouching and grading by Edwin Ingram at Bramley Studio.
  • Print and project management in-house by the Hurtwood production team.
  • Printed in the county of Sussex, England by our print partners Pureprint .
  • Binding: Fully bound in a deep, dark blue linen over a lined board.
  • Two shades of gold foiled text on the face and spine.
  • A printed label affixed within a plate sunk area.
  • The books are still on sale in these book stores in the UK .
  • And are on sale here in the US.
  • Published by Prestel this book, like all of Scott’s books, benefits Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

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