Aerial Photographs Showing the Beautiful Complexity of Major Airports


Photographer Jeffrey Milstein says he has always been fascinated by how the ground from a flying airplane, and one thing in particular has captured his attention: airports. From the air, massive terminals, long runways, and huge airplanes all look tiny and insignificant compared to how they feel on the ground. Milstein’s photo series Flying shows what a number of airports look like from high in the air.

The New York-based photographer says that the ongoing project is meant to show “the patterns, layering and complexity of cities, and the circulation patterns for travel, such as waterways, roads, and airports that grow organically over time much like a living organism.” He tells us,

I have always been fascinated by the view of the ground while flying. It was one of my favorite things about the experience. Going across the country in an airliner I could spend the whole trip looking out the window studying how cites were created and grew and where the roads went and why and how the cities related to the waterways and the airports.

Milstein receives permission for his photographs, and shoots the photographs using a Phase One IQ180 on an Alpa and a Canon 5D DSLR.












You can find the entire series over on Milstein’s website. Also, be sure to check out Milstein’s photographs of airplanes flying overhead, shot from directly below.

Flying by Jeffrey Milstein (via Laughing Squid)

Image credits: Photographs by Jeffrey Milstein and used with permission

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    seriously – why bother with a 5D when you have an Alpa, ugh, Alpa cameras are beautiful

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  • Jose

    Omg so many emirates a380s <3

  • lidocaineus

    The A380 – one of the ugliest planes to ever be photographed. Granted they look ok from a top down planar view.

  • Jeff Foster

    Great idea, but almost all of these pictures are of the same airport. Show some different airports, and from different countries. There are some truly beautiful airport designs. This mainly focuses on one airport – that isn’t that interesting (after you’ve seen some of the more beautiful airports)

  • Monteraz

    boredom is the word for this

  • Jay

    Not so interesting pictures!

  • Fullstop

    I agree, I don’t know why but I just feel like this could’ve been better somehow.