Our eyes are brilliantly adaptable. They process information in a way that a camera cannot, incessantly streaming data and reorganizing what is in front of us. Never able to separate us from our experience of the present, they view the world, but they cannot record it. Our eyes cannot abstract the world.
The camera works in a different way. It can record time abstractly, not as a fraction of a second or as a series of constant electrical impulses, but in a single image. The camera can overlay the passage of time onto film, which is inert to intervene. These photographs describe planes leaving Heathrow airports’ southern runway to the west, recording their wing and tail lights as they curve away on their chosen path into the night sky. The titles refer to the destination of each plane. Each negative has been exposed for between three and twenty five minutes.