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John Schabel’s book Passengers showcases a collection of photographs taken of passengers in their flight seats while ready to depart.
The photographer delved into an interesting aspect of people’s lives—the moment when people are about to fly off to their personal destinations. This is a transitory time period, where although in crowds, people are in a very internal and lonesome state for as many hours as it takes to reach their point of travel.
The contemplative vision of the journey is artistically captured through Schabel’s camera lenses. The anticipation of the destination, the memories left behind and sometimes merely the comfort of having a few hours to one’s self are all aspects that make these journeys such interesting periods that are worth the artistic attention.
“John Schabel’s series of photographs depicting anonymous airline passengers effectively captures the curious blend of impersonal efficiency and poignant humanity that pervades the experience of contemporary commercial air travel,” explains Laura M. Andre.