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Josef & Jakob Hoflehner: Jet Airliner


The "Jet Airliner" project was taken over a period of several months between early 2009 and late 2011 at Maho Beach on the Dutch/French island of St. Maarten / St. Martin in the Caribbean Sea. Maho Beach is directly adjacent to the relatively short runway (2,300m) of the Princess Juliana International Airport. Therefore passenger jets roar as low as 4 to 7 meters above the heads of sunbathers - with approx. 250 km/h. Most aircraft movements at the Princess Juliana International Airport account for small regional and private planes - with only 5 to 12 passenger jets arriving each day, depending on season. A Jumbo Jet, the Boeing 747, arrives just twice a week, although it is not guaranteed. For this project, classic 6x6 Hasselblad wide-angle cameras were used (no autofocus, etc) - so only 1 shot per landing was possible. The situations with the people on the beach are not set up - all photographs show the actual live-action during a split second of a landing or take-off. All photographs are real - no photoshop montages here.

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