Tuesday, June 10, 2014

"Jet Airliner", Amazing Photos of Landing Jets Close to Beachgoers by Josef Hoflehner

Josef Hoflehner is an Austrian photographer known for his black and white landscape images. He is expecially known for his Jet Airliner series, which became a great success when it was completed in 2012.

Josef Hoflehner and his son Jakob Hoflehner made four trips to Maho Beach on the Dutch-French island Saint Martin in the Caribbean Sea between 2009 and 2011, shooting every day for about three weeks at a time and making note of each landing plane’s flight information. “On average, there were only five or six passengers jets coming in per day, and often there as an hour or more between the landings,” Josef told Slate. “It's not like we were relaxing on the beach like other beachgoers. We had the cameras in our hands, standing on the beach, since you never know when exactly the plane is arriving. When we’d go to the restroom or go get something to drink, then the plane, which was usually late, would suddenly come in.”

The Hoflehners shot with two 6-by-6 Hasselblad SWC cameras, which meant they only had time to shoot one image per landing. “It's pretty difficult since most people on the beach are in constant movement and you have to walk or run with them if you want them in the image,” he said. “And then there's still the plane that's coming in at over 100 miles per hour and you never know how low or high it will be, or if it will be slightly off the right or left. You only have a split second to take the shot or the plane is gone.”

American Airlines Boeing 737-800, arriving from Miami International.

Air France Airbus A340-300, arriving from Paris–Charles de Gaulle.

U.S. Airways Boeing 757-200, arriving from Charlotte–Douglas.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-400, arriving from Amsterdam–Schiphol.

Delta Air Lines Boeing 757-200, departing to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta.

United Airlines Airbus A320-200, arriving from Washington–Dulles.

Continental Airlines Boeing 737-700, arriving from Newark–Liberty.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 747-400, arriving from Amsterdam–Schiphol.

Insel Air McDonnell Douglas MD-82, arriving from Curacao International Airport.

JetBlue Embraer 190, arriving from Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport.

(Photos © Josef Hoflehner, via Slate)

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