Winging back in time

Passing through Dallas Love Field airport recently I was struck with a flood of memories when I saw this bench.

Most people wouldn’t necessarily recognize that the bench seat is formed in the shape of a wing. Because I’m a pilot that’s the first thing I noticed. Most people wouldn’t pull out a camera and capture the image, but because I’m a photographer that’s what I instinctively did.

Upon sitting on the bench I entered into a reverie of nostalgia of my early life in Dallas which was my starting point in the realm of commercial photography by working as an assistant to Jim Olvera.

Love Field might be one of the best airports in the USA right now but when I lived in Dallas in the 1980’s it was just a very modest, though highly functional place. Now both the form and function operate at a remarkably high level that I never would have believed. The main tenant was Southwest Airlines which is an unlikely success due to their status as an insurgent and rule breaker. I’ve always loved them for that and for a million other things.

Truth be told, I would have never imagined back in my Dallas days how much fortune favored my path as a career artist and family man.

One of the things that I learned early on is that great creative ideas are abundant but execution of those ideas can be rare. More than anything I can’t believe something as cool as a wing-shaped bench made it from concept to reality.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer specializing in creating environmental on-location portraits and corporate photo libraries for blue chip companies.