Jan 17, 2012

Up in the Air


I love flying. There's nothing like packing a carry-on, stopping at a newsagent to get a magazine, and sitting down at the gate, with said magazine and a cup of coffee, amidst strangers. I always wonder if our final destination is the same, if they were on a business trip, or visited friends on the other side of the country, or if they traveled on their own. 

As much as I love being with Brent, traveling on my back to and from Florida this Christmas was exciting. Sometimes, I wish I'd had him to talk to, but I could just walk around the terminal, looking for sushi, leafing through magazines, and reading a novel. I usually pick up at least one magazine (it used to be newsmagazines, and then fashion, but now it's food magazines), stop somewhere for sushi, buy a giant cup of coffee or herbal tea if I fear dehydration. I read more than in any other place, and try to stay away from my phone or laptop. I only take out my camera on the plane. 


And when we take off, I stare out the window for a long time. I try not to fall asleep until all I can see are clouds and I know it's safe to sleep. On the way back from Miami, I used up 1/3 of a roll to take these photos, and I was happy that I'd underexposed the roll and pushed it during processing. I couldn't have gotten those results if I hadn't. Even the last shot, of the tips of the Golden Gate bridge towers I'm very happy with: it's mysterious, it's got character, it's different.  

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  1. Wow! What an unbelievable post! Lovely!

  2. i always love airplane photos, specially the one where you see mountains.
    i've never took one, but i guess i'll try next time :)

  3. stunning photos. you are so talented

  4. The photos are wonderful, and I think that you love to fly. I'm scared of flying. I can not enjoy it, but I enjoy (from my desk :)) to view of your pictures.

  5. Thanks, all of you!

    Joana -- I look forward to seeing your airplane shots! While organizing my negatives these past few days, I realized I'd missed a few, so they might make an appearance soon.

    Ivonn -- Thank you so very much! You have no idea how much I appreciate your comment!

    Kristin -- How sweet of you to say! I'm scared of riding in cars, so I understand your fear! I've sometimes been scared on planes when the planes seemed flimsy, but I really do love flying!

    Jenya -- Thank you so much!

  6. Merci beaucoup Anne pour ces petis mots laissés sur mon blog.
    Grâce à eux j'ai pu découvrir ton blog que j'apprécie ainsi que tes photos! :)

    J'ai ajouté le lien de cette page à la liste de "LINKS" sur Bonjour Johanna.

    Bonne journée,