When artist Jeffrey Milstein was a kid, his favorite pastime was hanging around the end of the runway at the Los Angeles International Airport watching planes take-off and land. He was obsessed with planes from as long as he could remember as a child, building and flying model airplanes, before he got his pilots license at the age of 17.
As an adult, Milstein regularly returned to the runway at LAX with a camera, and clicked thousand of photographs of airplanes flying overhead. "I loved having the aircraft fly so low overhead that I could almost reach up and touch them," says Milstein. Over time, his work has evolved into a series of detailed, formal symmetrical portraits that explore the typology of aircraft.
In his series AirCraft: The Jet as Art, Jeffrey Milstein features large-scale images of airliners in flight, shot at the precise moment when the aircraft is overhead. Milstein says of his work:
"In this portfolio I explore a typology of the varied cruciform shapes of jet aircraft flying precisely overhead as if frozen in space. I have decontextualized these highly detailed photographs to express the complexity and beauty of form. That these giant conglomerations of aluminium, can gracefully lift from earth is amazing. That they can return safely some hours later on another part of the globe is even more amazing. My aircraft photograph."
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