By Erika Owen
June 12, 2015
Credit: © Jim Darling

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:

Check out more of his work from the series below:

Credit: © Jim Darling
Credit: © Jim Darling

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