I love these photos from The New Yorker’s Photo Booth blog. Here’s a selection from the article and a few images. Worth reading in its entirety here! lv, molly
P.S. Notice the insane number of posts today? This is what happens when I have time off and free reign to share everything that piques my interest!
For five years, Gordon roamed the lush countryside of the Hudson Valley, staking out pretty take-off spots. When he found a landscape that caught his fancy, he would return with a large-format camera and tripod, leap into the air and—with the help of an assistant—capture his ephemeral flight on film. The most triumphant of these images comprise his book “Flying Pictures.”
“I think what appealed to me about flying is that I shouldn’t be able to do it, but through photography it is possible,” Gordon told me. “I don’t think of myself as a magician, or even really an illusionist, but there’s no doubt in my mind that the camera is both.” He describes the endeavor of creating the images as “part performance, in which for most of it I just look like a crazy person flopping around on the horizon line of the landscape.” The act of capturing the picture, he adds, “was the only place that ‘flying’ really existed.” His flights always began hopefully, and ended tragically as he crashed down to earth.