“Flying starts from the ground. The more grounded you are, the higher you fly.”

- J.R. Rim

At the heart of the Japanese culture lies Zen, a school of Mahayana Buddhism. The practice of Zen meditation, or Zazen, is the core of Zen Buddhism. It’s a focused discipline aimed at self-discovery and spiritual enlightenment.

Capturing the source images of the retired aircraft used for this mashup series and then working with them in post-processing became a Zen-like experience for me, inspiring the series title. The planes helped me soar to greater creative heights with their curvilinear contours, unique markings, and rich surface textures and reflections.

A Flatter Plane

This second set of images zooms in on surface shapes, patterns and textures, creating a more abstract feel.

A Desert Aviation Showcase

The majority of source images for this series were taken at the Pima Air & Space Museum, located near Tuscon, AZ. It's one of the world's largest non-government funded aerospace museums, featuring over 400 historic aircraft spread across 80 acres of outdoor and indoor exhibit spaces. The museum first opened its doors to the public in May of 1976 and has grown immensely over the past forty years. It also houses a collection of over 125,000 artifacts covering the age of aerospace from 1903 to the current day.