The earth, in plane sight – in pictures

By Sam Anderson

Californian artist Julieanne Kost started her photo series Window Seat while travelling for business. Creatively frustrated by the environments she found herself in – hotels, convention centres, airports – she started taking photographs of landscapes from her plane seat. This allowed her to see the environment in a new way, she says: “I now view the scenery not as the Earth some 30,000 feet below, but as an immense, constantly scrolling image.” The project, for which she now photographs views from helicopters with the doors off, has also helped her overcome her fear of flying. “As long as I can see the world as an image through an eyepiece rather than as a harsh physical reality, the threat is less real.”

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