Photographer rappels down buildings to capture incredible shots of Paris


posted Monday, August 5, 2013 at 12:54 PM EDT


We've seen incredible cityscapes shot from the ground level before, and many shot from flying over a major metropolis — but it's not often you see a photographer with the guts to dangle off the side of a building, and capture shots somewhere in between.

French photographer Carlos Ayesta has been doing just that with his Vertical Architecture series. He rappels off the top of a building, and takes photos of the city of Paris from a view few others manage to have. More than just capturing the city itself, Ayesta also sometimes shoots into the buildings, juxtaposing the lives of its residents with spectacular views of the skyline.

Talking to De Zeen, Ayesta explained:

"I can take pictures of hidden things. No-one on the ground or on top of the buildings can see what I see [...] I take pictures of towers, offices and homes, and I am able to capture the people working and living within those spaces. The window reflections are magical - you can see life and the landscapes within the same frame." 

Ayesta has rappelled down La Tour Eiffel, La Grande Arche de la Défense, the Center of New Industries and Technologies (CNIT), Tour EQHO and Tour Sequoia. Below you can see a video of him coming down the buildings, as well as a slideshow of some of his images.

(via The Verge, De Zeen)