20/Jul/2019
Saturday, 20 de July de 2019

Eye in the sky: Scott Mead's photographs from plane windows – in pictures

Eye in the sky: Scott Mead's photographs from plane windows – in pictures

American photographer Scott Mead captures the wonders of the world above the clouds while travelling on planes. An exhibition of works from his book, Above the Clouds, is at Hamiltons Gallery, London, until 19 January. All proceeds from print sales and the book will be donated to Great Ormond Street children’s charity

Light and Shadow Off Long Island, New York

Ever since my first journey above the clouds, many years ago, I have found gazing out plane windows deeply inspiring. For me, the journey is more than just a means to a destination.Notes about the frames: The frames are central to the effect I am trying to create. The photos you see are of the actual frames which were developed with John Jones to create a shape that suggests a plane window, but with proportions and inner curves that allow the viewer a better perspective than a typical plane window or indeed typical frame.

Light and shadow off Long Island, New York Ever since my first journey above the clouds, many years ago, I have been deeply inspired while gazing out plane windows. I have found that the journey itself can often be much more meaningful than just a means to a destination.Notes about the frames The frames are central to the presentation and effect I am trying to create. The photos you see are of the actual frames which were developed with framers John Jones (probably the most artistic and highest quality framers in London) with a shape to suggest a plane window but with proportions and inner curves leading to the images that allow the viewer a better and more harmonious perspective than a typical plane window or indeed typical frame.All photographs: Scott Mead

Pastel morning, New York Departure

Over time, I began to notice that the moments of insight, stretches of sustained thought, and feelings of freedom on plane journeys often seemed deeper and richer than those occurring on land. There was a stillness and peace above the clouds that enabled me to connect more fully with my inner self, encouraged by the endless horizon just outside and the limitless potential it suggested.

Pastel morning, New York departure Over time, I began to notice that the moments of insight, stretches of sustained thought, and feelings of freedom on plane journeys often seemed deeper and richer than those occurring on land. There was a stillness and peace above the clouds that enabled me to connect more fully with my inner self, encouraged by the endless horizon just outside and the limitless potential it suggested.

Plateau, Natural Abstraction, New Mexico

One of the joys of gazing out of windows is the almost unlimited variety of form, shape and structure. This image, taken near the Grand Canyon, suggests abstract expressionist works or even Monet’s water lilies.

Plateau, natural abstraction, New Mexico One of the joys of gazing out the windows is the almost unlimited variety of form, shape and structure. This pure abstraction near the Grand Canyon in the US Southwest suggests abstract expressionist works or even the gentle curved forms of Monet’s water lilies. This beauty in the context of a remote, desolate, dry and inaccessible landscape for me evokes the many contrasts in life’s experiences and that sense that there is beauty all around, even in unexpected places.

River Thames Fading into Mist, Early Morning, London

This image of the Thames is the last banking turn of the plane prior to final approach to Heathrow after an overnight flight from New York. I waited until the silvery river aligned as I was hoping and took one image. There are many familiar landmarks here, but the gradual disappearance of the Thames into the clouds and mist is what struck me. The diptych format allows the viewer to concentrate on the left side with its familiar sights while the right shows the majestic curve of the river in a more pure form.

River Thames fading into mist, early morning, London This image of the Thames is the last banking turn of the plane prior to final approach to Heathrow after an overnight flight from New York. I waited until the silvery river aligned as I was hoping and took one image. There are many familiar landmarks here, but the gradual disappearance of the Thames into the clouds and mist is what struck me. The diptych format allows the viewer to concentrate on the left side with its familiar sights while the right shows the majestic curve of the river in a more pure form.

French Alps, En Route to Morocco

These photos are often taken at 500mph though several layers of sometimes scratched glass in strong light, so there are technical aspects of transforming them into the images you see here. However, all these photographs were taken on scheduled commercial flights, so other than departure and destination points, one surrenders control and needs to be open to light, views, landscape and experiences as they come to you – sort of like life itself.

French Alps, en route to MoroccoThese photos are often taken at 500mph though several layers of sometimes scratched glass in strong light, so there are technical aspects of transforming them into the images you see here. However, all these photographs were taken on scheduled commercial flights, so other than departure and destination points, one surrenders control and needs to be open to light, views, landscape and experiences as they come to you – sort of like life itself.

The Andes Fading into Misty Sunset

The shape of the Andes, the warm sunset and the soft mist evokes tranquillity and peace and brings to an end a long journey which came after a long flight, in this case from London.

The Andes fading into misty sunset The shape of the Andes, the warm sunset and the soft mist evokes tranquillity and peace and brings to an end a long journey which comes after a long flight, in this case from London.

Cloudscape Over Massachusetts

This cloudscape leads the eye through its expanse, starting at the bottom of the image, where the clouds seem soft and almost within reach, to the few distant mountains jutting through the clouds in the distance. I waited for the interplay of light, cloud and horizon to come together, to define the edges and troughs of the clouds, which it eventually did.

Cloudscape over Massachusetts This cloudscape leads the eye through its expanse, starting at the bottom of the image, where the clouds seem soft and almost within reach of the window, to the few distant mountains jutting through the clouds in the distance. I waited for the interplay of light, cloud and horizon to come together, to define the edges and troughs of the clouds which it eventually did.

Peaceful Pacific, Final Approach, Lima

The gentle, rolling waves of the open Pacific Ocean off Peru lead into a peaceful emptiness highlighted by the transition from the darker waters in the foreground to the lighter colours towards the top, reflecting the sun. In this image, moments from landing at Lima airport, one can lose oneself in the silver rhythm of these uninterrupted shapes.

Peaceful Pacific, final approach, Lima The gentle, rolling waves of the open Pacific Ocean off Peru lead into a peaceful emptiness highlighted by the transition from the darker waters in the foreground to the lighter colours towards the top, reflecting the sun. In this image, moments from landing at Lima airport, one can lose oneself in the silver rhythm of these uninterrupted shapes.

Day into Night, New York

This is the moment in New York when the day ends and yields to the energetic, glowing lights of the city and its bridges. This image, so peaceful, is in stark contrast to the intensity and bustle of the streets below, as is so often the case with Above the Clouds. It makes everything seem manageable. The image was taken on a shuttle flight to Boston. I wasn’t in a window seat so after quickly explaining my artistic goals, the person next to me very kindly let me lean over and take this image.Day into night, New York This is the moment in New York when the day ends and yields to the energetic and glowing lights of the city and its bridges. This image, so peaceful, is in stark contrast to the intensity and bustle of the streets below, as is so often the case with Above the Clouds. It makes everything seem manageable. The image was taken on a shuttle flight to Boston. I wasn’t in a window seat so after quickly explaining my artistic goals, the person next to me very kindly let me lean over and take this image.

Source: The Guardian.

 

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