These nine incredible aerial photography shots gives you the opportunity to take a glimpse at major cities from a different perspective.
These breathtaking high-altitude photos are the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Vincent Laforet. They are part of his project called AIR.
Take a look and see what you think.
1. New York – USA
Next time you see a hot dog seller in Central Park just remember it costs that person around $289,000 one-year for his permit to sell there?
2. Chicago – USA
Did you know that Chicago has the only river in the world which actually runs backward.
3. Barcelona – Spain
Over eight million tourists visit Barcelona every year making it the third most popular tourist destination in Europe.
4. London – United Kingdom
The Houses of Parliament are also known as the Palace of Westminster and features eight bars, six restaurants, a rifle-shooting range and lots more. Must be fun being a politician in the UK.
5. Miami – USA
Did you know that Miami was named after a tribe of Indians that used to live in the area?
6. Sydney – Australia
The Sydney Opera House is home to a giant pipe organ which features over ten thousand pipes but whats incredible is the fact that every single one of these pipes has been given it`s own name. Can you imagine how long that took to organize?
7. Los Angeles – USA
You maybe surprised to learn that LA was actually named “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora Reina de los Angeles sobre el Rio Porciuncula.” Which translates to “The town of our lady queen of the angels on the Porciuncula River.” Thank god they shortened it to Los Angeles, imagine trying to squeeze that in to your home address box.
8. Berlin – Germany
Did you know that Berlin has more bridges than Venice? It is actually possible to tour the entire city by canal boat.
9. New York City – USA
While Madison Square Park seems a beautiful tranquil place it actually used to be cemeteries. So next time you are taking a stroll around this park remember there are probably thousands of bodies below your feet.
Asked by digital photo pro what inspired the concept for the “AIR” series?
Vincent Laforet said “It was kind of just one of the most amazing series of coincidences. I had been wanting to shoot these types of images. Since I was maybe 13 or 14 years old, looking out of planes out of LaGuardia or LAX, you can always see these lines of streets and all the activity below. It’s very beautiful for anyone watching out of the window. And, obviously, these cameras came out in the past year or so that shoot in very high ISO and allow you to actually photograph this. I’ve really been waiting on the sidelines for capture technology to catch up to this desire of mine to shoot through the night”.
To find out more about Vincent and see other art work of his you can visit his official site here.