Travels on the Air Ocean

In 2010 I traveled to the Library of Congress and navigated a warren of windowless hallways to watch a video of a 1957 TV show featuring Rachel Carson and Dr. Seuss. On the early morning flight I was captivated by the layers of clouds bisected by light. In Carson’s segment entitled, “Something about the Sky”, she describes the sky with wonder as “an air ocean”. This description flipped my usual conception of being bound by gravity to the surface of the earth to create an image of humans living at the bottom of an invisible ocean. After the trip I had the opportunity to fly in a small airplane to take photos at sunrise and sunset. Perhaps influenced by the whimsy of Dr. Seuss, I turned an aerial photo of the sky upside down and melded it with a view of the human body (just the nose) from below.