Scott Mead’s Above the Clouds Showcased at Hamiltons

Earlier this year, Hamiltons Gallery exhibited a series of photographs by American photographer and philanthropist Scott Mead. The collection, entitled Above the Clouds, featured photos from Mead’s air travel and will support Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity with proceeds from print sales and the book.

According to Mead, the images aim to capture the physical, emotional and philosophical wonders of air travel.

“I have always found a sense of magic in travel,” Scott Mead explained. “Anticipation, a feeling of liberation and boundless promise arise when journeying into the unfamiliar, making us acutely conscious of ourselves. But with travel above the clouds, there is something unique: we surrender control and immerse ourselves in the journey and the moment… And within those rarefied moments and that space above the clouds, we can often find our way back into an inner world that is otherwise difficult to access. Looking out can therefore allow us again to look within.”

Mead’s photographs focus on the different landscapes, light and shadows, and motion of the Earth’s elements that can’t be appreciated from the ground. He spent many months studying the conditions aboard a plane before successfully capturing cloud shadows and other elusive phenomenon which are spread throughout the collection.

According to Mead, his reflections during flights played a significant role in his ability to cope with difficult experiences, such as the severe illness of his child. His journeys also made him feel more connected to mankind and brought him a sense of joy and peace.

The exhibit was held at Hamiltons for ten days in January, and the portfolio can now be experienced as a book, the proceeds from which will support Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity.

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