This Artwork Is REALLY Taking Off by David McMahon

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Aboriginal artwork on this Qantas Boeing 737-800 makes it one of the most expensive airborne pieces of art ever created. The aircraft is called Yananyi Dreaming. Shot in Melbourne, 2007. (1,766 views and one sale on 9 November 2013.)

I do not crop or post-edit my work in any way. What you see is exactly what I shoot. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F8 1/350 sec, ISO 200, focal length 98mm.

Featured in METALLIC JUNKTION in May 2009.

Featured in NOT WHAT IT SEEMS in June 2009.

Featured in ALPHABET SOUP in August 2009.

Featured in HIGH QUALITY IMAGES, August 2010.

Featured in SHAPES AND PATTERNS, December 2010.

Featured in ARTISTS UNIVERSE, May 2011.


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  • Alixzandra
    Alixzandraover 5 years ago

    This image has been featured in the Metallic Junktion :)

  • Thanks very much, Alixzandra. That is a huge honour.

    – David McMahon

  • Ian Stevenson
    Ian Stevensonover 5 years ago

    David, awesome photo, instantly recognisable!

  • Thanks, Ian. Yes, Qantas have been great ambassadors for Aboriginal art.

    – David McMahon

  • Marguerite Foxon
    Marguerite Foxonover 5 years ago

    Wow, thats really a fantastic shot and the plane must look incredible flying along with all that decoration!

  • Thanks, Marguerite – I’m so glad you like the shot. The first Qantas aircraft I actually saw with Aboriginal art across its fuselage was a Jumbo, a 747, on the tarmac at Sydney, in 1998.

    – David McMahon

  • oddoutlet
    oddoutletover 5 years ago

    _ I still caaaall Austraaalia hoooooommme_

  • Thank you VERY much. I’m delighted that you and your co-hosts featured this image. It is my celebration of the corporate decision by Qantas, made in the Nineties, to feature Aboriginal art on their jets. My thanks to you and your co-hosts ……

    – David McMahon

  • gabbielizzie
    gabbielizzieover 5 years ago

    congradulations on your feature

  • Thanks so much, GabbieLizzie. I know there are at least three Qantas jets that have been painted in Aboriginal art – but this was the first time I was able to shoot one from close quarters.

    – David McMahon

  • Sheila Laurens
    Sheila Laurensover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on your well deserved feature in Alphabet Soup ~ Sheila

  • Thank you very much to you and your co-hosts, Sheila.

    – David McMahon

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellover 4 years ago



  • That’s wonderful news, Pat. Thank you very much.

    – David McMahon

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroabout 4 years ago

    Our dear Qantas & Rolls Royce… lol
    This is a brilliant image David… such beautiful saturated colurs… very framed indeed… well done
    ~ 9th DEC

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  • Thank you very much, Maria. This Being 737 was on view at the Avalon Air Show in 2007.

    – David McMahon

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroabout 4 years ago

    Dur…. very nicely framed… Must go back to sleep…LOL

  • So very glad you like the tight frame, Maria.

    – David McMahon

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much, Rene.

    – David McMahon

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