NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC -- A native of Bulgaria, Jassen Todorov is a violinist and Music professor at San Francisco State University. He’s also a pilot and a member of National Geographic’s Your Shot community, regularly sharing photographs taken from his four-seater plane.
“In my 20s, I was freaking out about being able to find a job” as a musician, Todorov laughs. “So I thought, ‘What if I became a pilot?’ Well, I did, and I haven’t looked back.”
But he’s certainly looked down. “It opens up a whole new world,” he says. “Flying from point A to point B, there's so much to discover in between. … It’s just a matter of looking and realizing ‘Oh my god, this is incredible, I better photograph this.’”
“I have this point of view from above that has let me document how our impact is just so powerful on our fragile nature,” he says.
Photo: The shuttered Concord Naval Weapons Station. Photo by Jassen Todorov.