Los Angeles from above

When you get away from all the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles and take a good look at the city up from high above, it’s quite breathtaking and beautiful. A Los Angeles-based photographer has snapped gorgeous black-and-white aerial pictures for the past two years while soaring over the city in a helicopter, and he’s hoping to turn those photos into a book.

The seed for Mike Kelley’s photography project was first planted in his head when he was hired to shoot aerial photography for a commercial real estate developer, Kelley tells LAist. When the 28-year-old photographer hopped in the helicopter with a pilot, he was absolutely captivated with how his cityscape snapshots turned out, and decided to keep shooting these type of photos.

LA Airspace | A Photo Book of Los Angeles from Above – photography by Mike Kelley

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