The photographs were made on a series of transatlantic flights taken between 2009 and 2014. Pointing the camera out the window of a 747 or an A330 at cruising altitude, the view frames almost 10,000 square miles of the Earth’s surface—roughly the area and length of the state of Massachusetts.
At this altitude, the horizon is 200 miles away. Composed as a dead level line, it both anchors the frame and divides it in two parts: the sky above, and the sky below. Transformed by clouds, rayleigh scattering, and the reflective surface of the sea, the delineation of the horizon fades, and the fragile layer that surrounds the earth becomes a dimensionless field given form by the interactions between light and the continually changing atmospheric conditions.
The images leave no evidence of the airplane, its tremendous speed, its thundering jet engines, nor the thin atmosphere and sub-zero temperatures at this elevation. Each view is an invitation to pause for a minute, as if floating in lotus position at 36,000 feet, and reconsider the extraordinary which lies just outside the window and the thin wall of the fuselage.