Glittering Nighttime Photos of Airplanes Highlight the Majestic Beauty of Flight

Azul Obscura captures a view of aircrafts that often goes unseen by ordinary passengers. Standing on the runway, the Osaka-based photographer documents the planes as they approach the airstrip and safely make their landing. Although this is a common routine, Obscura's visual style–specifically, his choice to shoot footage at night–adds a mesmerizing feel to the entire process.

Obscura's vantage point also offers a monumental look at commercial airplanes. Their metallic bodies are complemented with colorful, glittering lights from the runway and surrounding landscape. They frame the sleek vessel with stylish star-like motifs and radiating circular waves that appear almost out of this world. It certainly looks much more glamorous than waiting in security lines and reviewing safety information. Instead, Obscura's photographs remind us of the majesty of flight.

Azul Obscura: 500px | Facebook
via [This Isn't Happiness]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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