BIO AS AN ARTIST
Who is Martin? Researcher, orienteer, debater; applicant, student, tutor; son, confidant, motivator, even philosopher. Most importantly, an enthusiastic plane spotter & amateur artist. For me, art is neither a form to make revolutionary difference from models and data like me as an academic researcher, nor a media for record-breaking and fame-earning as an orienteering athlete. Rather, it’s a self-exploring journey to find how I view the world. It is part of my life; the utopia helps me get detached from worldly labels, to feel that connection. (*All photos are watermarked to protect intellectual property. **Due to website’s capacity, all photos’ long edge in 1280px and may take a little longer to load.)


1: Spotter’s Journey

1-1: Spotter’s Journey
Hi, I’m a plane spotter!

Place & Date: Beijing Daxing Int’l Airport. Aug 2020
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 18-135 F/3.5-5.6 with wireless shutter.
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
1-2 Push Back
Ready for another takeoff.

Place & Date: Beijing Capital Int’l Airport. Sep 2020
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 70-200mm F2.8 IS USM III
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
1-3 In Flight: I Saw The Light
It’s another world in flight, the reason why I keep exploring. The view outside the wing can be…astounding.

Place & Date: 42’000 ft, HU7668 heading to Sanya, Jul 2020
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 18-135 F3.5-5.6
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
1-4 In Flight: Sunset
Yes, the only unchanged is the wing. You never know what will be like 10 minutes after.

Place & Date: 8’000 ft, HU7668 on short final, Jul 2020
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 18-135 F3.5-5.6
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
1-5 In Flight: To the Dawn
Sometimes, even the wing can be a brand-new one, heading to its dawn. (Air China’s factory-new COMAC ARJ21)

Place & Date: 26’000 ft, CA1306 heading to Beijing, Nov 2020
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 18-135 F3.5-5.6
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
1-6 Moon & Star on the Way
Planes operate 24/7, hard-working on schedule, just like stars and moon.

Place & Date: Beijing Capital Int’l Airport. Nov 2020
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 70-200mm F2.8 IS USM III
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
1-7 Landing
Every journey has to end at the pre-determined location. Once ended, a new one begins.

Place & Date: Beijing Capital Int’l Airport. Oct 2020
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 70-200mm F2.8 IS USM III
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
1-8 Control
It seems that pilots can control the flight, but ultimately the plane will land. What’s the meaning of changes, if all would lead to unchanged fate: the distination?

Place & Date: Hohhot Baita Int’l Airport, Jul 2020
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 18-135 F3.5-5.6
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
1-9 Next Flight
It’s like a loop. Though with variation, things go according to plan.

Place & Date: Beijing Capital Int’l Airport. Oct 2019
Equipment: Nikon D80, AF Nikkor 80-200mm F2.8
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CS 6
1-10 Boneyard
In the end, they shall rest, as a distant observer in the fence. Just like me exploring them.

Place & Date: Baotou, China. Jul, 2020
Equipment: DJI Mavic Pro.
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CS 6

2: The Search

2-1 The Search
I started to think about changes and unchanged.

Place & Date: Beijing Capital Int’l Airport. Dec 2019
Equipment: Nikon D80, AF Nikkor 80-200mm F2.8
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CS 6
2-2 The City: Sunrise
It’s like the city, sun rise and fall, light and visibility change.

Place & Date: Beijing, May 2019
Equipment: Nikon D80, 28-105 F3.5-5.6
Postedit: Snapseed
2-3 The City: Day
Scenery sometimes become epic, but ulitmately vanished.

Place & Date: Beijing, Mar 2020 Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 70-200mm F2.8 IS USM III
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
2-4 The City: Sunset
No matter what happened, sunset would come. Afterwards, it’s time to rest: the fate of a day.

Place & Date: Beijing, Apr 2020
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 70-200mm F2.8 IS USM III
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
2-5 The City: Night
But is it? Midnight in Beijing is also noon in Boston. There are still people awake, hustle and bustle, writing their own beauty.

Place & Date: Beijing, Aug 2020 Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 70-200mm F2.8 IS USM III
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
2-6 Connection
Though landing is inevitable, every one of them helps connect the world, leaving its own beauty during the process. That is the meaning.

Place & Date: Beijing, May 2020 Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 18-135 F3.5-5.6
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 3*16s stack

3: Realization

3-1 Realization
Yes, the meaning does not need to be a difference. It can be the journey itself, and the encounter.

Place & Date: Beijing, Sep 2020
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 70-200mm F2.8 IS USM III
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
3-2 Plane and Its Keeper
I started to find what makes every flight meaningful.

Place & Date: Sanya, Jul 2020
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 70-200mm F2.8 IS USM III
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
3-3 Conversation
They are repeating their jobs, but I can see their soul, from an angle I’ve never tried before.

Place & Date: Beijing Capital Int’l Airport, Nov 2020
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 70-200mm F2.8 IS USM III
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
3-4 Explore
The connection planes bring has made a difference. They helped nations to fight against pandemic. (A C-130 transporting medical supplies)

Place & Date: Haikou, Jul 2020
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 70-200mm F2.8 IS USM III
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
3-5 Respect
And they connect people together. (Doctors returned from counter-pandemic mission)

Place & Date: Beijing, Aug 2020
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 70-200mm F2.8 IS USM III
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
3-6 Approach
More than beauty that would vanish, that cotinuous connection is the meaning of every approach.

Place & Date: Beijing, Aug 2020
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 70-200mm F2.8 IS USM III
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018
3-7 Changes and Unchanged
Just like the sun. Scheduled and unchanged, but indispensibe.

Place & Date: Hohhot, Jul 2020
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, 70-200mm F2.8 IS USM III
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018

4: New Journey

4 New Journey
Same as our ambition.

Place & Date: Longlou, Hainan. Jul 2020.
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, SIGMA 150-600 F5-6.3 Sport
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018

Finale: Long March

Finale: Long March
Yes, aviation is about establishing connection and heading towards new frontiers. That will be a Long March, but even the universe is not the limit. I’m on my way.
Long March 5-B rocket carried Tianwen-1 Mars Explorer to the space.

Place & Date: Longlou, Hainan. Jul 2020.
Equipment: Canon EOS 70D, SIGMA 150-600 F5-6.3 Sport
Postedit: Adobe Photoshop CC 2018

It’s quite a view…of my own.

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3 Comments

  1. This is why I love this guy: So passionate about the things he like and his attitude toward life!

  2. I always wonder why we love aircrafts.Many years and all the memories with Martin, I get my answer.Let the faith of chasing the sky thaw in our hearts!

  3. I love this collection! Just as other Martinview’s publication, Martin can always astonish me with his photos and way of living. Same comment below: What a shot! *10 times.

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