Laird Kay is, as the own indicates, an "enthusiast about aviation that you can see on the slopes of airport, with the camera ready, waiting for the perfect shot".
But do not think that he is just an amateur - his work speaks for itself. Already with exhibitions at the Pearson Airport Terminal 1, Holt Renfrew Mens, Art Gallery of Ontario and Art Gallery of Hamilton and his photographic work related to aviation, architecture and travel is available in private collections and accounts in Canada, USA, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
In April 2016 he visited and photographed our hangars and still smiles when he thinks about it. Laird believes that airplanes are "giant sculptures and works of art that demonstrate the ingenuity of humanity - we can fly". To be in the workshop of engines was like being in a clinic for airplanes and, for someone who, like himself, likes to shoot parts of aircrafts that are not normally seen, a true paradise. For Laird, "these are the parts through which people can see what makes an airplane so intricate and so incredibly well built."
He also describes how wonderful the way all the people in the hangars of TAP work with both pride and care.
The photographer ended by saying that he hopes to have done justice with his lens and vision, to our hangars. See for yourself:
"I'm the #avgeek you see hanging around airport runways, camera at the ready, waiting for the perfect shot. My work has been exhibited at Pearson Airport Terminal 1, Holt Renfrew Mens store, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton shop. My aviation, architectural and travel photography can be found in corporate and private collections in Canada, US, UK and UAE."
“I had the pleasure of visiting and shooting the TAP hangars at LIS in April of 2016 -- and it was an experience I will never forget. Seeing an airplane mid paint job - all white, and floating off ground was truly a marvel. I'm still smiling when I think of that. I believe that airplanes are giant sculptures, and works of art which showcase the ingenuity of humankind; we can fly. Being inside the engine workshop was like being in a clinic for airplanes. It was fascinating to see all these parts being so carefully looked after and maintained by the engineers at TAP. I just love showcasing the parts of planes that passengers don't usually get to see - inside the engine, the details of the wing flaps, or the rivet detailing on the tail. These are the parts where people can see what a makes a plane so intricate, and so incredibly well built. It was also wonderful seeing everyone in the TAP hangars taking such pride in making these parts work perfectly. I hope I did your wonderful hangars and airplanes justice through my lens. Thank you."
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