July 1st - July 28th, 2017
2255 NW Northrup Street
(Linfield School of Nursing - Peterson Hall)
Portland, OR 97210
Gallery Hours: 9am-4pm, Monday-Friday, Saturday 9am-5pm (free admission)
photographs. Busquin’s career choice as an airline pilot and the images he
created are influenced by the writings of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944).
Busquin notes, “As a teenager I read his books, Southern Mail, Night Flight,
Wind, Sand and Stars, The Little Prince, etc., which imprinted themselves on my
young imagination. I always knew that his work had steered me toward my
chosen profession as a pilot, but it was only late in this project that I realized how
much his writings had influenced my art.”
Busquin’s images are photographed from the upper edge of the troposphere,
around 35,000 feet above North America. “This perspective makes a significant
difference in what I see. With altitude, the tree disappears in the forest, but the
forest appears out of the trees; with even higher altitude the forest gives way to
networks of forests and fields.” Busquin’s images show the mesmerizing beauty
of the Earth, and its large-scale transformation by our civilization. The
photographs in this series contain a mix of natural and man-made features—
such as rivers, fields, mountains, roadways, and cities—illustrating the spectrum
of human alterations of the land.
Busquin noticed how the depictions of the Earth found in Saint-Exupéry’s books,
written over eighty years ago, are often at odds with what he observes from
above today. As an airline pilot, Saint-Exupéry described how aviation was
connecting people separated by vast area of wilderness and insurmountable
obstacles. In contrast, Busquin has observed how very little of the land is left
unaltered by our civilization, with only the most arid or rugged regions remaining
somewhat unchanged, and how a network of infrastructures is connecting all of
the land. Busquin says, “One thing doesn't change—the view from above never
ceases to impress.”
Luc Busquin was born in Belgium where he lived until 2002 when he relocated to
Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and two children.
Before becoming a pilot, Busquin started photographing from above by attaching
a camera to a remote-controlled airplane. After reading Antoine de Saint-
Exupéry’s books, he chose to become an airline pilot. Busquin learned to fly at
age sixteen and has been flying for twenty-five years.
Busquin’s work has been shown at the Aperture Gallery in New York, the
Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Arizona and was featured in LensWork (April
2017). This is his first solo exhibit.