Bertie Taylor onderzoekt het leven onder de vliegroute van Londen Heathrowfebruari 8, 2020
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The euphoric sights taken in from a plane above the clouds have surely inspired many creative works, however, for Bertie Taylor, it is the landing that provided inspiration for his latest project, Life under the flight path & the plane spotters of London Heathrow
“When you’re about to land on a flight, I always look out the window and wonder what it must be like for the residents who live so close to the airport,” Bertie tells It’s Nice That. “I did a little research and found out that Myrtle avenue by Heathrow is just one hundred metres away from the southern runway, planes literally fly as low as forty feet above the houses.”
His series explores how people live with planes thundering over their heads, as well as the community of people who are drawn to the area.
“It takes a look at life directly underneath the Heathrow airport flight path and the people who live and work there,” he explains. “It is also one of the most popular plane spotting locations in Europe. You meet people from all walks of life, from disgruntled residents who have to put up with the endless noise, to keen aviation enthusiasts who have flown all the way from Germany just to watch the planes fly in!”
The images that Bertie has captured are startling, and he has managed to portray the juxtaposition between peaceful suburban life and the constant presence of roaring aircraft.
“It’s a crazy place. On first impressions it looks like your average suburban street, then out of nowhere you’ll hear a thunderous roar as if the world is about to end, and an A380 flies so low over the rooftops it looks like it might take a chimney off,” he says.
Bertie only began taking photography seriously around four years ago after trying his hand at other artistic media such as film, and even acting. He now works across both documentary and fashion, finding the medium a perfect outlet for his creativity: “The thing I love about photography is that you have something instantly. As I’ve always had some element of ADHD, this works perfectly for me!”