© Jim Darling
Erika Owen
June 12, 2015

Thanks to iPhones and other quick-shutter photo-taking devices, airplane windows have become much more than a way to get an up-close-and-personal look at the various cloud systems. In-air photographs have become such a thing, that sometimes the only way you know a friend is traveling is by an aerial shot (with an artistically placed plane wing, of course) posted to their Instagram feed. Jim Darling, a Los Angeles-based artist, is taking a step away from technology with his series of paintings featuring different scenes from a passenger’s point of view.

His work is nostalgic, but not in style. The scenes depict vague land formations and blues that bring you back to the most vivid of waterscapes—it’s easy to associate any of the paintings with a trip of your own. The only thing more whimsy than this airplane window series is Darling’s own thoughts on flying:

“I got thinking about the window seat: how special it is and how it can be taken for granted. These expansive views can be very humbling. Everyone is fascinated by flight, and for now airplanes are how we get to experience it. At some point on each flight I’ve been on, I think about sitting in a chair in the sky, and it seems crazy every time.”

Check out more of his work from the series below:

© Jim Darling
© Jim Darling

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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