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June 22, 2008

Flying

Filed under: 9 to 5,Florida,Personal — alexboerner @ 8:34 pm

I love flying. The smaller the plane the better. There’s something exhilarating and scary as hell about floating around in a two-seated lawnmower with wings, feeling every bump in the air. Did I also say I love the pilots? I love the pilots. They’re the best.

I was fortunate to get to shoot aerials twice last week. I was also fortunate that after the assignment the pilot, Chuck, obliged my request to waste his time and circle around the shore for a while to see what was going on. A few of those photos are below. People look great from 1000 feet.

All Photographs Copyright (c) 2008 Alex Boerner All Rights Reserved

George Steinmetz has some incredible aerials, as does Vincent Laforet who says “You see the world from a different perspective, and you start to appreciate a different dimension,” in an OLD interview on Rob Galbraith’s site. 

I’m hoping to get to a chance to look through Richard Misrach’s latest LARGE book, On The Beach in which he uses an aerial perspective to explore our relationship with the environment (discussed here).

In it, Misrach writes:

The photographs that appear in On the Beach were made between January 2002 and November 2005. I was drawn to the frailty and grace of the human figure in the landscape. My thinking about this work was influenced by the events of 9/11, particularly by the images of individuals and couples falling from the World Trade Towers, as well as by the 1950’s Cold War novel and film, On The Beach. Paradise has become an uneasy dwelling place; the sublime sea frames our vulnerability, the precarious nature of life itself.

A steal at $375 in the packaging. ugh.

2 Comments »

  1. Beautiful photos Alex. You should check out Susana Raab’s blog about Misrach’s work here:

    http://susanaraab.wordpress.com/2008/06/16/national-gallery-the-runner-stumbles/

    Comment by Matthew — July 1, 2008 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

  2. Damn I miss aerials and that water. I bet it’s nice n’ warm now during the summer. I know how you feel about Misrach’s book — but it just doesn’t make sense to buy it at that price. Ridiculous.

    Comment by erik — July 5, 2008 @ 8:25 pm | Reply


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