Mike Kelley specializes in industrial and architectural photography, but his real distinctive difference is his choice for a studio. Over the last two years, Kelley has taken to the skies above LA in a helicopter to obtain a sometimes eerie and other times breathtaking collection of images unlike anything we’ve ever…
Get ready to have your mind blown. Photographer Jeff Attaway suspended a bridge camera from a kite line, and managed to capture a series of breathtaking photos of Dakar, Senegal from the air. Here's a view of this beautiful city from a vantage point that few have seen.
The area in southern Spain known as mar del plástico is a landscape dominated by vast stretches of greenhouse farms. From the ground, it looks like nothing but roads winding through a maze of covered crops. But when seen from the air in photographer Bernhard Lang's images, things look a bit more surreal.
Aerial archeologist Klaus Leidorf began taking these gorgeous, minimalist photos in 1989, while flying his own Cessna 172. He's brilliant at capturing how odd our world looks when you get a different perspective on it from the air.
Want an easy way to liven up your day? Download the new Earth View from Google Maps extension for Chrome. It shows you a striking new satellite image every time you open a new tab, and it's delightful.
Photographer Bernhard Lang took these amazing aerial photos while strapped underneath ultralight planes. Somehow his images manage to capture beauty in the most unlikely of places—whether he is taking pictures of container ports, car parks or even open pit coal mines.
For some, coal mining conjures images of quaint Appalachian towns. In parts of Germany, where some of the world's largest open-pit coal mines exist, the resemblance is more of an apocalyptic wasteland.
Aerial photographer Jason Hawkes spends an outsized amount of time hanging out of the open door of a twin-engine helicopter. Your nightmare is his living—he's been shooting from the sky since 1991. And over on Sploid, he shares some of his latest work, including images from London's Shard and NYC's New York Times…
Next to Sunset, Wilshire Boulevard may be one of Los Angeles' most iconic streets: a 15.8-mile ribbon stretching from its historic core to the Pacific, the address of some of its most celebrated Art Deco architecture, the axis of the its so-called linear downtown.
Beneath all its nostalgia and fantasy, Disneyland is a space that carefully orchestrates the visitor's visual experience. Forced perspective, an old trick of Hollywood set designers, makes the fairy-tale castle appear bigger than it actually is. Walking paths guide visitors through a three-dimensional story, told…
You've never seen New York City like this. Well, you have if you've seen the Spiderman movies, but this footage captured by photographer Randy Scott Slavin is no CGI fantasy. It's Gotham at its grandest.
Is L.A. flat? With mountains ringing the Southland on three sides—and even bisecting the city of Los Angeles along the Hollywood Hills—"flat" has never been an entirely fair description. But for decades the city's architecture betrayed a commitment to horizontality. While Manhattan and Chicago strained toward the…
Hollywood, 1965: the futuristic Cinerama Dome has just touched down on Sunset Boulevard. This spaceship of a movie theater—built in 1963 to showcase the three-projector Cinerama process—seems to bob amid a sea of surface parking. On the left, a new 22-story office tower rises from a concrete plaza at the corner of…
Photographer Eric Sterman recently got his hands on a DJI Phantom quadcopter and a GoPro camera and flew them both above the Banzai pipeline in Oahu, Hawaii. The footage is nothing short of stunning. In fact, it's downright otherworldly.
Drone photography is in the news this week, with protesters in Istanbul using unmanned cameras to document the events from above. Interestingly, the very first instance of remote aerial photography was devised to document an urban crisis, too: the 1906 earthquake that partially leveled San Francisco.
Normally when you see something bizarre like this on Google Earth, you want to believe it's for secret spy stuff. But the skeptic in you says, "Naw, this is just for irrigation." In this case, however, your spy dreams would be right.
Pigeons already spread disease and poop through their urban homes, but what if we had to worry about flocks of pigeons armed with miniature cameras, watching our every move from overhead? In the early 20th century, one hobbyist photographer equipped the rats of the sky with just such cameras.
With magazine budgets drying up, it's getting harder and harder for aerial photography wizard Vincent Laforet to get into the sky. His new strategy: letting his audience be his patron directly with Visuals, his beautiful and innovative new iOS app.
No, this isn't Photoshopped - it's a real image, taken from a helicopter among the apartment buildings of mainland Hong Kong. Photographer Jason Hawkes captures bizarre human-made formations from the air - some unrecognizable.