Sint Maarten's airport beach is a place where you could spend several days, because so much is happening. It is basically part of the landing strip that they forgot to put tar on.
Jumbo jets roar in from the sea, flying over the beach at extremely low altitudes. It is weird, sensational and a marked contrast to the image of a deserted exotic beach.
To just come and go would be a bad decision for a photographer. The beach is not just one image, it is a story. It starts early in the morning with the first planes coming in over joggers and hotel staff going to work. As soon as the famous Sunset beach bar opens at 8 a.m., holidaymakers settle in for the day with their first beers or cocktails. In the afternoon, the jumbo jets depart and before take off they open their engines full blast.
Watch the beachgoers and unaware passers-by be blown away. Watch guys show off by walking in the blizzard of sand or hanging on the fences. Everything gets sand-blasted – and that can mean your camera, too. It is a pity that photos can't capture the smell of kerosene to complete the picture.