Heightened Perspectives: Marilyn Bridges

Jul 12 – Nov 17, 2013
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Marilyn Bridges (American, born 1948) obtains her unique perspective by photographing through the open doors of a single-engine plane. As the plane flies hundreds of feet in the air and usually banking, she photographs the city/landscape, simultaneously capturing the identifiable details and revealing the larger complexity achieved from a bird’s eye view.

The plane flies (or glides) at a mere altitude of 500 to 1,000 feet, which is dangerously low and often referred to as the stall speed. An art critic who was invited to accompany Bridges on one of her photography flights later described her as “The Indiana Jane of Landscape Photography,” as he witnessed her “hanging out of open airplane doors and windows, suspending herself over space, shooting landscapes from above.”

These 16 photographs form a portfolio entitled “Heightened Perspectives: Marilyn Bridges.” This limited edition portfolio, (numbering 50, with the Boca Museum’s edition being 22/50) is a composite sampling of what Bridges terms her Ancient and Contemporary subjects. Each photograph was taken in the 1980s; thereby making the portfolio a visual summary of one decade of her almost 40-year photography career.


Marilyn Bridges' "Cherhill Horse" at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Marilyn Bridges (American, born 1948) Cherhill Horse, Wiltshire, England, 1985, Gelatin silver print, Gift of James and Elayne Schoke, 1995.102.005