How to Fly by Pedro Guimarães
In How to fly, photographer Pedro Guimarães takes us on a poetic journey into the subculture of private aviation.
The language he employs takes the disguise of the documentary genre yet what initially appears to be a flight manual quickly reveals Guimarães’ true autobiographical intentions through the use of poetic punctuation.
‘How to fly’ is, after all, a reflection on the inevitable traumatic events of life and describes a series of emergency maneuvers designed to keep oneself alive.
Anyone sensitive to the aesthetics of flight could easily make the mental transition between the aircraft as a functional mode of transport to the perception of a multilayered piece of art. The sheer sculptural nature of the flying machine has the capacity not only to lift our bodies into the open space but also to trigger a similar effect on our consciousness.
If the equations of physics, which invisibly enable aircrafts to fly, remain unattainable to most of us, the desire to fly itself however seems firmly rooted in the depths of human subconscious. As Le Corbusier once put it “flying lifts us above mediocracy. Flying is, ultimately, a desperate act of faith”.