In Plane View, Abstractions of Flight
Author: Carolyn Russo
ISBN: ISBN 978-1-57687-405-9
Publisher: PowerHouse Books
For the most part, we earthlings struggle to comprehend how an aircraft can take off, let alone cruise through the clouds at 700mph and land safely on the other side of the world. In spite, or perhaps because, of this these airborne leviathans exert a powerful grip on our imaginations. Whether it's the sleek fuselages or the roar of the jet engines, the allure of manned flight is hard to resist. Carolyn Russo has been the photographer at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum in the US since 1988. Her skewed close-ups of its collection of aircraft and spacecraft have an unnervingly anatomical feel to them that will make you see flying machines, and photography, in a whole new light.