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Postcard: Final Approach

Postcards By Photo by EY
Approaching the airport on Cayman Brac

A postcard is always a pleasant surprise, particularly in an era of Instagram and SMS pics. We don’t have enough postage for our entire readership, but our new bite-sized series, Postcards lightly details the who, what, when, where and why. It’s a simple, and effective, premise. Whether they’re based on a life-changing subject or just a strange one, shot with a Red Epic or an iPhone, we hope you find these little moments more genuine than the stock images you’re used to seeing opposite of the Xs and Os.

10:34 a.m. | 4 miles southeast of Cayman Brac — Air travel is boring. Buy a ticket, show up, listen to an attendant droll, order a Bloody Mary, land. Rinse and repeat. If you’re in a window seat, the world moves by at mach zero-dot-something; no one gets to sit shotgun. Board a puddle jumper, though, and the experience becomes altogether visceral. The props feel like they’re inches away, and if you’re lucky, you’re practically in the cockpit, like I was on this flight on Cayman Airways. Cabin classes were far away, service was your water bottle and the pilots were just a little cooler. Small planes rule.

Photo Notes: Canon 5D Mk III 42mm f/7.1 1/250 ISO 100