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The Armory Show ended over a month ago. However, one set of photos still resonates: Austrian photographer Josef Hoflehner’s “Jet Airliner” series. Planes looming, practically sitting in mid-air over beaches and bikini wearers seem to me like birds about to fall from the sky. They are too close to the ground to land and almost too large for the photograph’s frame. Where one might normally be accustomed to seeing birds above a seascape, Hoflehner’s planes perch on the edge of reality like giant metal whales in the sky. It makes me wonder—perhaps this is how we should start seeing planes? In the context of rising fuel costs and growing environmental concerns, these photographs beg the question, just how healthy is our relationship to flight?
For more of Hoflehner’s work, check out his website and his blog.