In an era when most human contact happens on screens, it’s easy to feel disconnected from the world around you. Photographer Vincent Laforet likes to take flight for a little perspective.
For his 2015 book, “Air,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning aerial photographer travelled to 10 cities around the world and captured the sights from a helicopter soaring overhead. “When you’re above it all, you can see the world is much smaller than you realised,” he said.
Laforet shared some of the incredible photos from his book with us. You can see more of Laforet’s work on his website.
According to Laforet, the biggest challenge for an aerial photographer is sometimes ignoring the incredible panoramic views seen from the sky.
It's tempting to photograph the vast expanse, but that doesn't always translate well in a photograph. 'You're just seeing a lot of sky and land,' Laforet told Business Insider.
For his book 'Air,' Laforet instead pointed his long camera lens at the ground, picking out a specific spot to shoot. The composition makes the skyline look like a glowing circuit board.
Laforet flew over New York, Miami, Chicago, Las Vegas (pictured), Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sydney, London, Barcelona, and Berlin for 'Air.'
In order to get these incredible shots, Laforet strapped himself into a harness attached to the helicopter. He said the harness felt safer than wearing a seatbelt.