Monday, December 10, 2018

A line of Boeings

Vancouver, BC
November 2018
This photo originally shared on Instagram
During a long-ish layover at Vancouver International Airport - yes, the same one where Canadian officials this week arrested Huawei's CFO and touched off an escalating crisis with China - I found myself looking for inspiration despite the gloom outside.

I didn't have to look long to find it, a simple line of Air Canada aircraft, all Boeings, a 787-9 Dreamliner in front, with two 777-300ERs behind it. I attracted more than a few stares from confused passers-by as I wandered back and forth, looking for the best possible composition. There's something lovely about the way aircraft tails look when they're arranged just so. It speaks of motion, extreme engineering, and more than a dash of artistic expression.

I've probably taken tens of thousands of plane pics in my lifetime, but I doubt I'll ever reach a point where I'll feel like I've taken enough of them. That's the wonderful thing about creativity: The final artifact, as nice as it is to look at, need not always be the ultimate goal. Rather, it's the moment now lost to time, that that photo can instantly recall - in me and in others - that feels like more meaningful outcome, especially when you're far from home. And you can never have enough of those reconnected moments.

Somewhere out there, there are people who crossed my path on that day, who may remember that funny-looking/sounding guy who took weird plane pictures. I made them smile. And by sharing this here, I hope I've made you smile, too. Y'know, we all have that power within us to connect, as long as we choose to use it.

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