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Gutsy Photog Rappels Down Skyscrapers to Capture Stunning Architecture Shots

Architecture shots are often taken from one of three places: the ground, the roof, or inside a building looking out. That’s because the only real alternative after that is to take your photos from outside the building, while being on neither the roof nor the ground.

If that sounds like something only Peter Parker ever managed, think again. Parisian photographer Carlos Ayesta‘s Vertical Architecture photos take advantage of a vantage point once reserved for Spiderman.

The video at the top shows you how Ayesta manages it. Using a ton of safety equipment and what we can only assume is an equally vast amount of experience and preparation (don’t try this at home…) he rappels down tall buildings and skyscrapers, capturing stunning and unique architecture shots in the process.

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Here’s a short slideshow of the kinds of shots the daredevil photog has captured thus far:

The photos often juxtapose the small, private interior offices he captures with larger cityscapes in the background or found in a window’s reflection. “I take pictures of towers, offices and homes, and I am able to capture the people working and living within those spaces,” Ayesta told Dezeen. “The window reflections are magical — you can see life and the landscapes within the same frame.”

Over the course of his career, Ayesta has rappelled down the Eiffel Tower, La Grande Arche de la Défense, the EQHO Tower, the Sequoia Tower and the Center of New Industries and Technologies (better known as CNIT).

To see more of his vertigo-inducing photography, be sure to watch that slideshow, visit the Dezeen interview mentioned above, and head over to his website by clicking here.

(via Imaging Resource)


 
  • lololalallll

    Where do I apply for this jerb?

  • AMonkeyInMyPocket

    Couldn’t deal with the soundtrack and dopey MTV style editing of the top video … why do some photographers have to act like they’re some kind of superstar? Just show your damn work. Slideshow video was better, although surprisingly repetitive in terms of composition.

  • Jimmy Pratt

    HEY I SIT ON B&H ALL DAY LOOKING AT CAMERAS BUT I NEVER ACTUALLY GET OUT AND SHOOT!!!! THIS GUY SUCKS!!! I WILL NEVER REACH THIS LEVEL OF QUALITY!!!!!!! I AM ANGRY AND HAVE NEGATIVE THINGS TO SAY ABOUT HIS SUCCESS!!!

  • AMonkeyInMyPocket

    Took six months, but you were finally able to recycle that comment. Good job!

  • dudung10

    don’t cry?

  • Jimmy Pratt

    hahahah for real. i keep telling everyone that i just sit on the internet all day, but they don’t believe me. My next one’s gonna be like,
    “HEY EVERYONE HEY HEY HEY HI HEY LISTEN TO ME!!! I DON’T CARE THAT THIS PHOTO ESSAY WAS QUITE WELL-EXECUTED, I WANT TO DEMONSTRATE MY SUPERIOR KNOWLEDGE AND CULTURE BY INFORMING YOU THAT PETAPIXEL SHOULD JUST SHUT UP BECAUSE ALL OTHER PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKS HAVE BEEN DONE ALREADY…AND DONE BETTER..CHECK OUT THIS GUY’S WORK….HE DID THE EXACT SAME THING YEARS AGO…”

    it’s still in rough draft form, obv.

  • Im_Paul_Barry_Karn

    As a drunk 35 year old living in his parent’s basement I find I haven’t got enough time to meet chicks. Between drinking in my underground layer, buying blow & Mc Donald’s I rarely have any free time. Well enough internet, I need another bottle of rye!

  • Im_Paul_Barry_Karn

    Did you bruise your vagina?

  • Renato Murakami

    Awesome stuff…
    Wonder how the guy goes to ask for permission on something like that.
    I’ve got most all equipment seen in the video and I also rappel… but no way in hell I’d be given permission to do it in commercial buildings to take shots like that.
    People get full on paranoid that you might fall off and die, no matter how much you explain how secure the whole thing is – well, I guess for a good reason.

  • Renato Murakami

    Well, looking at it again, this is in Paris, France. People are bound to be more familiar to climbing gear and safety there…

  • Gman

    Imagine if this was done in the US? All the lawsuits from breaching the privacy of the office workers… Lucky he hasn’t done an exhibition of the photos…

  • Max

    Rappeling is hardly gutsy or daredevil.. but I guess it might me to you fat slob lazy ass slobs that can’t even climb a tree..

  • Terry

    Cos you got no balls.. your a paranoid insecure looser that will never achieve anything cos your scared of life…

  • A.McNamara

    This is coming from someone named Terry and I’m sure you are Max too.