Flying home

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It’s been ages since I did a purely visual post on here but I couldn’t resist sharing these glorious cloud photos that I took on the flight back from Amsterdam on Saturday.

It was grey and pouring with rain when we left Schiphol Airport but we climbed through the dark clouds to reveal this magical sunlit panorama. It’s odd to think that – unless you climbed to the top of a mountain – humans have only been able to see this sort of thing for a little over a hundred years.

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Kirsty Hall: Sunlit clouds, October 2010

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Kirsty Hall: Sunlit clouds, October 2010

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Kirsty Hall: Sunlit clouds, October 2010

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Kirsty Hall: Sunlit clouds, October 2010

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Kirsty Hall: Sunlit clouds, October 2010

I couldn’t help wondering what Turner would have made of this? Don’t you think he would have been just crazy about this view – I bet he’d have had his watercolours out on the plane, whatever the flight attendants said!

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In a delightful coincidence, LaVonne Ellis had a lovely guest post on Ittybiz today about how we need to remember the magic of flying in relation to our online endeavours.

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I am an artist & purveyor of obsessive projects based in Hebden Bridge, England. My work involves the accretion of large numbers of small objects - pins in fabric, knots in string or hundreds of envelopes - to make sculptures that deal with fragility, loss, repetition, obsession and time.

4 thoughts on “Flying home

  1. Wandered over from IttyBiz because we seemed to be the two where the flying wasn’t always a barrel load of laughs!

    What a coincidence that your mind was on flight too. Love your clouds. I’d never thought about how recently in human history we have the ability to see this view from the heavens.

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    Kirsty Hall Reply:

    Thanks for commenting, Dawn. I’m glad you like the photos, it was a very mesmerising flight.

    I did always love my flying dreams, they were a huge release but they were also clearly connected to the need to escape stress.

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  2. Lovely pictures, and love the idea of Turner getting his watercolours out on the plane. Constable would have been amazed too, since he had a great understanding of the types of clouds. I can never remember which ones are which, but love the beautiful dramatic cloudscapes I see in Scotland.

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    Kirsty Hall Reply:

    You’re quite right, Ruth – Constable would have loved it too. I remember seeing a series of watercolour studies that Constable had done of clouds – quite stunning. He was such a great painter.

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