It is Summertime and we are thinking of Jeffrey Milstein‘s Aerial Photography.
The artist’s interest in the abstractions that aerial photography creates does not take away from our feelings on the ground. Seen from the air the joys of summer may seem like only an abstraction were it not for the way they so clearly evoke the heat of the sun on our skin, the smell of suntan lotion, and the salty taste of the ocean. Arial photography is becoming ubiquitous and yet there is a big difference between the random images we often see and the work of a real photographer looking through a lens to get just the right picture to convey the feeling he’s after. Milstein, who has been flying much longer than he’s been photographing, is seemingly as comfortable in the air as the rest of us are standing on much firmer ground. Never one to shy away from a challenge, he has been able to access restricted airspace in major American and European cities as well as Disneyland and most recently Versailles, where he was the first photographer given permission to fly over in 20 years and the first ever to be allowed to fly over at night.