“If you want this kind of room and comfort now, be egregiously rich and have your own private jet.” So says one of the captions to an intriguing photo slideshow – Castles in the Sky – over at New York Times Magazine. The pictures — of Harrison Ford’s De Havilland Beaver DH-2, Busta Rhyme’s Gulfstream IV-SP, Donald Trump’s Boeing 737, and others — were taken by American photographer Neal Slavin to document the behind-the-scenes world of elite travel.
”On the one hand,” he explains, ”these are almost architectural pictures. On the other hand, these are pictures about people. I had to bring these two elements together.” Technically speaking, the biggest challenge was achieving the proper lighting. As those who travel coach class may be consoled to learn, even spacious private planes can feel cramped: ”Every picture,” Slavin says, ”was like trying to light the inside of a cigar tube.”