Come Fly the Busy Skies

Photo: D. Byron Darby

D. Bryon Darby's new home in Arizona, is directly within the flight path of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, so what's a photographer to do? He made an art project out of it, of course:

I photographed Seventy Flights in Ninety Minutes from the top of Hayden Butte in Tempe, Arizona. The publicly accessible volcanic butte is just beyond the airport and is straddled by Sky Harbor’s two busiest flight paths. For 90 minutes, I photographed every airplane that flew overhead, and then I digitally stitched together the many individual photographs. I hoped to re-create the experience of living in a flight path by compressing an hour and a half into one apparently single moment.


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