The Jet as an art form

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012 by Mr Roaming 7 Comments

Even though I am not very comfortable with flying, I am fascinated by airplanes. Heavy metal, as the wide body jets are known, is the ultimate achievement in engineering and design. Carefully positioned and using a high-resolution digital camera, Jeffrey Milstein’s photographs turn aviation technology into fine art. Mr. Milstein photographs aircraft moments from below as they streak past at speeds up to 175 miles per hour. As a result, he has decontextualized these highly detailed photographs of different shapes of jet aircraft flying precisely overhead as if frozen in space, to express the complexity and beauty of form. Take a look at his pictures of real airplanes from below:

Southwest Boeing 737-300

Virgin Boeing 747-400

Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400

Virgin Atlantic Airways Airbus A340-600

American Airlines Boeing 767-200

Alaska Airlines Disney Boeing 737-400

AirTran Boeing 737-700

Air France Boeing 777-200

China Airlines 747-400

USAF Learjet C-21A

Beech 18 (SNB-2)

Sikorsky SK-64A Helicopter

LA County Fire Dept. Bell 412EP #5

Jeffrey Milstein’s work is shown at Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC until November 25, 2012

7 Responses

  1. Philip says:

    What an amazing set of pictures. I am visiting Washington in August. I will definitely try to make it to this exhibit. I think the kids will love these pictures.

  2. Savio says:

    Rico, I love this post. I think everyone should take a look at these outstanding photograps at the Smithsonian if they can.

  3. Ozzie says:

    Woow! this is awesome! I love airplanes and this set is great! I’ll definitely have to stop by the museum.

  4. K.K. says:

    Let’s all leave in the proverbial jet plane . . .

  5. J.N. says:

    Sometimes you wonder whether the older generation planes are more safe than the new ones.

  6. elisa says:

    My favorite is the Beech 18. My dad was in the USAF during the Korean War and I was raised hearing about such fighter planes. Special Mr. R.

  7. NN says:

    never had the opportunity to see planes underneath – very interesting

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