By Mark McConville
STUNNING bird’s eye view photographs have revealed Paris as you’ve never seen it before.
The spectacular pictures show some of the French capital’s most-famous landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe.
Other incredible images show planes at Charles de Gaulle airport, the Parc des Princes stadium and Sacré-Cœur.
The remarkable snaps were taken by renowned photographer Jeffrey Milstein (75), from Woodstock, New York, USA.
“I like to look for patterns and symmetry within the city landscapes,” he said.
“I tend to shoot straight down where possible. It is from my years as an architect looking for order in the manmade landscape.
“It is part of an ongoing series of city aerials. Following the success of my book LA NY, Thames and Hudson, aerials of LA and NY, I decided to shoot European cities. Paris being one of the most beautiful was a no brainer.
“It is nearly impossible to get permission to shoot over Paris. It took months of applications. Having a Paris book project in the works and my award winning book LA NY, and many letters in support from publishers and curators helped.”#
Jeffrey takes his amazing images by flying over cities in a helicopter where the pilot has removed the door. He then leans out as the helicopter takes tight steep turns.
“It is really exciting to be flying over cities and gardens hanging out of a helicopter,” he added.
“It is almost dreamlike. I get into a zone when I shoot. The time goes so fast. People love the pictures. It shows them a view they don’t ever get to see.”