For many, the concept of seeing is believing has attracted many to experience the unknown and surreal. One of these attractions is not quite what you might expect. Off of the beautiful Maho Beach on St. Martin’s island, the Princess Juliana airport strikes fear and wonder into people every day. Because of limited space for runways, planes land precariously close to beach goers every day. Josef Hoflehner has taken the time to capture this phenomenon in beautiful black and white.
Photographs by Josef Hoflehner and Jakob Hoflehner. The Jet Airliner series was taken over a period of several months between early 2009 and late 2011 at Maho Beach on the Dutch/French island of St. Maarten / St. Martin in the Caribbean Sea. The beach is directly adjacent to the relatively short runway of the airport, therefore passenger jets roar as low as four meters above the heads of sunbathers. The Jet Airliner series has often been described as one of the most unique photographic series ever produced.
Joseph Bellows Gallery will be exhibiting this set of photographs starting June 7th. It will be on display until July 19th,