Plane wrecks aren’t often the first subject that comes to mind with nature photography, nor the subject of a series titled “Happy Ends,” but that’s what we have here. Dietmar Eckell has travelled the world in search of crash landings where, despite the appearance of the planes and their rugged surroundings, all aboard survived. Each image is a story of beating the odds and getting out alive, set against a backdrop of intimidatingly remote natural beauty. [Read more...]
In the realm of travel, there have been plenty of stories about hitchhiking and even boat-hitching, but have you ever come across a “jet-hitcher?” Let’s introduce Amber Nolan, who likes to go by the alias of the “Jet-Hiking Gypsy.” A travel writer by trade, she had the crazy idea one day to hitchhike around the country on general aviation planes and private jets. Deciding it wasn’t too crazy to try, she began the JetHiking Project with the goal of hitching on aircraft to all 50 states in the USA. [Read more...]
From the Wright Brothers first flight in 1903, to the everyday jumbo jets that transport people all over the world, flying is pretty flipping cool. Once a thing only pterodactyls and birds could experience, now it’s a rare occasion to meet an American who has never been on an airplane, and those of us who are more adventurous even jump out of them! Whenever I’m flying from coast to coast I always think about how crazy it is that some people actually made that same trip by horse and buggy, like in Oregon Trail, then I start reminiscing about the wonderful pixelated computer games of my childhood, and next thing I know we’re preparing for landing.
Deep in the deserts of Arizona lay hundreds if not thousands of abandoned aircraft. Used for military and civilian purposes in a bygone era, these pieces of American history were just gathering dust, literally. Eric Firestone, an art dealer from Tucson, had the idea of painting on the planes and with further help from curator Carlo McCormick in the spring of 2010, the project began. Over 10 artists were contacted to participate and the first installment was completed and titled “The Boneyard Project: Nose Job.” [Read more...]