This series is primarily about flying, taking off and landing. Fragmented pieces of runways, taxiways, wings and clouds are combined to form new tapestries.
The photographer makes experimental use of the panorama function of her smartphone camera and outsmarts its algorithm by using the movement of the plane rather than her own. She anticipates the technical weakness of the camera, determines the process and goes beyond the scope of the program.
Unusual, enigmatic images emerge: The camera invents, copies arbitrarily, leaves out, drifts away – parts of the passing airport landscape and the sky condense into artifacts (The images are not significantly altered later on the computer).
Real fictions are created. They move between photographs and film fragments and question our concept of reality, which is guided by technology.
Julia Baier’s panoramic images date from a time when flying was still a regular side effect to her job as a photographer. She is using the lockdown period to sift through and reinterpret these images, because they seem to be taking on a whole new meaning at the moment. In times of lockdown and restricted freedom of travel, they become a metaphor for the actual doubt about as certain believed realities.