Now that’s how you do a broken gif.
So, this is where my photographic journey with the Blackbird began. 10/27/2010, Oxfordshire England. I happened upon this bird by total happenstance and terrible tragedy. Rewind about a week from this moment. I was 20 years old and living in Idaho, going about my daily life as usual, when I took the most impactful phone call of his life. My brother in-law had heart trouble and passed away. He and my sister were living together in the UK and suddenly she was a widow.
Out of peril came the biggest adventure yet in my life, my first time overseas. My mother and I flew to England to help my sister collect her life and get her affairs in order. During my visit, my in-laws through it would be a good break from the funeral processions and grieving to have me visit an aircraft museum called Duxford. I knew nothing of the place or what aircraft I would see. When I arrived, I discovered one of the most fantastic museum facilities on earth, along with SR-71A #17962, the only Blackbird on display outside of the United States. I decided to snap a few photos with my iPhone 3G. Little did I know, I would be embarking on this journey to photograph all Habu aircraft.
I also got to see a Lancaster Bomber, which my recently late brother in-law’s grandfather flew in WWII. This project means a lot to me for many different reasons. But the fact that it started here at Duxford under these circumstances makes it more important for me. All of these photos are for my late brother in law, who slipped the surely bonds of earth to touch the face of god, just as this aircraft did so many times.
William Blake House. Soho, London. July 2014.
Moon Street & System Street, Cardiff. A figure used in a lecture from JR James at the Department of Town and Regional Planning at The University of Sheffield between 1967 and 1978.
White Northern Lights in Finland
Dawn of the Dead, 1978
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The Secret World + night & day
The Secret World + colours.
the waitomo caves of new zealand’s northern island, formed two million years ago from the surrounding limestone bedrock, are home to an endemic species of bioluminescent fungus gnat (arachnocampa luminosa, or glow worm fly) who in their larval stage produce silk threads from which to hang and, using a blue light emitted from a modified excretory organ in their tails, lure in prey who then become ensnared in sticky droplets of mucus.