Werner Bartsch

Desert Birds
by Werner Bartsch
Publisher's Description
A cockpit faces into an endless desert landscape; a gangway stands in the middle of an abandoned expanse, points at the sky and appears to wait for planes that no longer fly, for passengers that no longer arrive. At the vast aircraft storage grounds in the middle of the desert in southwestern USA, hundreds of discarded aircrafts stand in waiting and contemplate their fate.

Deprived of their mobility and functionality, the discarded planes are reduced to their basic form. In the gleaming light of the burning desert sun, on white sand and against a backdrop of bright blue sky, the aerodynamic shapes and elegant curves shine with an unreal brilliance. In the sleek wings and abstract silhouettes, which stand out in the bright glow of the moon and under the clear, starry sky, the futuristic expressiveness of these aircraft becomes apparent one more time. Like imposing metal sculptures, they submit to their rough surroundings, becoming unintentional works of art placed in no-man’s land. In its expansiveness and simplicity, the arid desert functions as a minimalist backdrop against which the grace and beauty of the Desert Birds are made fully evident.

Normally strictly isolated from the outside world, the storage grounds opened their gates for this project. In his impressive images we find ancient specimen of the world's best known transport aircraft Dakota as well as retired airliners like the Boeing Stratocruiser and even the VC-121A Constellation, once President Eisenhower’s Air Force One, built in 1948.

These photographs are not inventories of discarded airplanes, not documentaries of storage yards and airplane graveyards; they are a tribute to countless hours in the air and long journeys, to the pioneer spirit and human imagination.
ISBN: 3868281797
Publisher: Kehrer Verlag
Hardcover : 112 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.3 x 0.6 inches
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