It took John Schabel three years to complete his voyeuristic portraiture project of anonymous airplane passengers. The New York-based photographer would position his telephoto lens at least 100 yards away from departing planes, waiting to capture the faces of unsuspecting travelers as they patiently wait for takeoff.
Simply titled "Passengers," the series of grainy, black-and-white photographs is an eerie take on the modern portrait. The framed faces of his subjects reveal a spectrum of genuine expressions, from indifference to exasperation, and yet his photos ultimately reveal the impersonal nature of traveling, as droves of men and women occupy identical porthole spots in these massive aircrafts.
This month, Twin Palms Publishers released "Passengers" as a book by the same name. Scroll through a slideshow of the the photographer's work below and let us know what you think of the project in the comments section.
h/t My Modern Met