Richard Mosses Fotografie brennender Flugzeuge

Richard Mosse fotografiert Feuerwehrübungen mit brennenden Flugzeugen auf Flugplätzen auf der ganzen Welt und sagt dabei nicht „I had it with these motherfucking fires on a motherfucking plane“, The Morning News hat ein Interview mit ihm.

At major airports around the world, aircraft often burst into flames, get buried in buildings, and are burnt black. But don’t worry, the fiery wreckage isn’t real, it’s intentional. In his “Airside” series, photographer Richard Mosse captures the disaster-response training practice of setting life-size model airplanes on fire. Mosse’s pictures demonstrate that, in a post-9/11 world, an image of aircraft on fire, for any reason, can stoke fear.

I had no idea this happens—how did you find out about the plane simulations?
I was flying into JFK and, as usual, my body was wracked with adrenaline as the plane tore down the runway, struggling to halt. While this was going on, I spotted just to the side of the runway a charred oblong structure vaguely related in form to an aircraft but very obviously not one. I couldn’t believe my eyes. What purpose could this sinister machine serve? Was it a totem of my own fear? Had I imagined it?

I’m amazed by all the work and preparation that goes into the simulations. What are they for? Training? Learning? What’s the point of setting these crafts on fire or embedding them in buildings?
They’re to make the firemen more comfortable with air disaster, if such a thing is possible. The modern day airliner is a formidable juggernaut in itself. When it goes wrong, it will take some amount of courage to step close enough to the mess in order to put out the fire. I suppose that’s the objective. When the water sprinklers are turned on and the roar of the inferno begins, it’s hard not to feel hot and terrified. But these devices help the firemen put those feelings aside and learn to run into the flames.

Planes on Fire by Richard Mosse (via Notcot)