For his series of stunning high-altitude photos of New York City at night, photographer Vincent Laforet and his camera had to be strapped into a helicopter with a body harness so that he could LEAN OUT OF THE SIDE and get the perspective he wanted.
“Imagine leaning out of an open door of a helicopter 7,500 feet over New York City on a very dark and chilly night with the wind blowing pretty hard. …Let’s just start off by saying this was the scariest helicopter “photo mission” of my career. …And the most beautiful I was finally able to capture some of the images that I’ve dreamed of capturing for decades.I was recently on assignment for Men’s Health Magazine and I proposed shooting the city from an unusually high altitude so that we could capture the lines that are formed by the streets of New York at night. It was an article about psychology and I’ve always thought that from a high altitude the streets looked like brain “synapses” – at least to me.” (via The Laughing Squid)
The pictures (below) are absolutely gorgeous, unlike any you’ve ever seen before. It doesn’t even look real. It’s like a Lego city. Click to enlarge.
And watch the behind-the-scenes footage.