It’s unlikely that any of us will ever see travel through the heavens the way we’ve become accustomed from Star Trek, with the boundless expanse of space seemingly within reach. And nor will most of us ever experience the overview effect that astronauts feel after seeing our massive planet from a distance as a little blue marble.
In fact, the closest any of us will come is through flight, and that still holds so much majesty to still be awe inspiring. The thing is, if you’re relegated to the main cabin of a 747 and not in the cockpit, you miss out on that effect too, which is precisely why we should be thankful for pilots like Sales Wick, who bring it to us via timelapse so we don’t let the best views in life pass us by.
As a Senior First Officer of a Boeing triple7 (though it appears this route typically is an A340), armed with nothing more than an Sony A7s and Sony 35mm 1.4, Wick manages to turn the somewhat unforgiving environment of altitude and near-sound-barrier-speed into something somewhat whimsical and soothing.
As we pass over cities, deserts and oceans, other aircraft pass by like spaceships with the Milky Way looming in the background. The flight from Zurich to Sao Paulo is a distance of about 6,000 miles. spanning 3 continents, but through the power of the jet engine and the magic of a camera we can consume it like a shot of tequila. The short timelapse shows us again that the jet engine has effectively turned this large planet, into a village, and the camera a teleportation device.
While the video is by no means the most techincal execution of a timelapse, it succeeds where so many fail, and that’s to just be something unusual and beautiful in simplicity. Worth a watch.
For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return. – Leonardo DaVinci
Check out more from Wick on his site, BeyondClouds.