Quiet Planes is an image that came out of an early body of work, States : States. The series explored both states of place and states of being through a sequence of images for each theme, for example, Australia, Cold, Brooklyn and Lost. All of the collections of images had one constant thread connecting them, the feeling of wandering and being transient. I found Quiet Planes to be one of the stronger images in the series because it tapped into this feeling of transit with such a motionless image: a fleet of tiny planes forever soaring under a fluorescent sun.
Tod Seelie has photographed in over 20 countries on five different continents. Originally from Cleveland, he relocated to Brooklyn in 1997. Tod was a founding member of the Miss Rockaway Armada, and continued on to travel with both manifestations of the Swimming Cities. His work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, New York magazine, Rolling Stone, Spin, Juxtapoz, Men's Journal, Thrasher, Vice, American Way, Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art and Adbusters, among others. Tod has exhibited work in solo and group shows in New York, Berlin, Tokyo, Paris, Milan, Sydney, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and at MASS MoCA. His work has also appeared in photography books such as The Vice Photo Book, Hijacked and Backyard Shakedown.