747 Wing House

There are those times when a photographer is fortunate to have access. This is one for, with the graciousness of a creative friend, I have the privilege of chronicling current moments in the making of her Wing Ranch, a house incorporating much of a salvaged and deconstructed Boeing 747 in a setting that itself poses creative inspiration. A terrific concept of repurposing materials, a collaboration between an ecologically inspired client and an equally inspired architect.


It is a portrait study as I become more intimate with the plane components as well as the overall structure, often capturing elements now exposed in the dissection that, when the house is finished, will never again be seen and in fact were concealed always. They were the interior workings of the plane with their wonderful industrial colors and riveted design known only to their fabricators, before being welded into another section.


It is an opportunity to see the veritable pores of one of society's contemporary behemoths, awesome still in its strange conversion to domesticity. It is a time to examine the photographic process, starting with the "snapshots" of the wings flying in and evolving into a serious study.


Lastly, it is a different kind of urban landscape where a structure purposely designed as "low impact" by the architect, becomes a challenging form itself that stirs the continuing dialogue between man and nature.


Additional Wing House photos, many more documentary in nature, are at http://sarajaneboyersphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery/747-WING-HOUSE/G0000OYqXYKGuL4E/

747WingHouseComposition, Pasadena Museum of California Art
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