Slipped the surly bonds of earth...


"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds, —and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of . . . "⁣
~John Gillespie Magee, Jr⁣

While not typical of my work, I had a lot of fun making this image look as if it had been made when this beautiful Beechcraft Model 18 (“Twin Beech”) airplane rolled off the assembly line in 1937. ⁣

C45, Spirit of West Texas, Commemorative Air Force, Midland, Texas 2019—from a recent photography workshop facilitated for the Museum of the Southwest.

Craig Varjabedian