“The Vultee BT-13 Pilot Trainer is a symbol of American innovation and a reminder of the brave souls who took part in the biggest war in modern history. This legendary WWII era aircraft trained thousands of pilots who fought valiantly for America’s freedom.
I have always been drawn to the power and beauty of America’s legendary, wartime aircraft and wanted to portray an image series I had visualized in my mind. My goal was to create something unique, something different. I wanted the photographs to reflect a more artistic approach to aviation photography.
“Spirit of America” was created by photographing the reflections of the fuselage and the US flag in the aircraft chrome wing. The rivets are glowing like silver stars giving this image a very special look.
My Pentax 645Z medium format camera with the 90mm f/2.8 lens produces an absolutely stunning bokeh with a beautiful transition out of focus. I used the unique characteristics of the camera system combined with the outstanding image quality to create this very special art piece.
After capturing hundreds of frames, only two selected images perfectly portrays what I had visualized in my mind. I found what I`ve been searching for and I am excited to share with you my visualization of aviation photography from a new and exciting perspective”.