Blue Sky Days at Albus Lux Contemporary gallery in the Netherlands

Blue Sky Days gallery exhibition 13 October to 1 December 2018.

A large selection of 150 x 100 cm gelatin silver prints from the Blue Sky Days series will be shown in tandem with images from Sebastian Van Malleghem’s Nordic Noir project in the beautiful new location of Albus Lux.

Albus Lux Contemporary
Plantagebaan 232, 4725 AG
Wouwse Plantage
The Netherlands

About Blue Sky Days

Starting in 2013, I traveled across America to aerially photograph the kind of gatherings that have become habitual targets for drone strikes abroad — including weddings, funerals, and groups of people praying or exercising. I also flew my camera over settings where government surveillance drones have been used domestically.

In October 2012, a drone strike in northeast Pakistan killed a 67-year-old woman picking okra outside her home. At a U.S. Congressional hearing held in Washington in October 2013, the woman’s 13-year-old grandson, Zubair Rehman, spoke to a group of lawmakers. “I no longer love blue skies,” said Rehman, who was injured by shrapnel in the attack. “In fact, I now prefer gray skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are gray.”

The images captured from the drone’s perspective engage with the changing nature of surveillance, personal privacy, and war.

The production of Blue Sky Days was supported with grants from the Pulitzer Center, and was first published by Harper’s magazine as a 16-page spread, the largest photo essay in the magazine’s 166-year history.