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Jeffrey Milstein Above Paris

In his gorgeous 2021 book Paris: From The Air, artist Jeffrey Milstein describes what it is like taking photos from chartered helicopters as he flies over cities like New York, Los Angeles, London, Amsterdam. ‘It is a more difficult type of shooting from the air,’ he writes. ‘To achieve the straight down shot, the pilot has to make steep, tight circles while I lean out as far as I can, hand holding the camera. The door of the helicopter is open or off, and the wind from the rotor and g-force from the tightly banked turns adds to the difficulty of getting sharp shots.’

‘I wanted to turn my lens on Paris,’ Milstein continues later, ‘because it is one of the most beautiful and iconic European cities, with such a rich history of architecture. Throughout most of the city, building height has been restricted for many years, protecting the uniformly classic architecture and creating a human scale with sunlit avenues that connect historic squares, monuments, parks, museums and public buildings.’

It was anything but easy to secure permission, but Milstein was finally granted permission to fly over Paris, taking photographs from a helicopter in May and June of 2019. The result are beautiful works – ‘As I frame my photographs, I intuitively look for symmetry, patterns and balance’ –  captured in  ‘Paris: From The Air.’

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In Canada, the Bau-Xi Gallery has a number of these striking artworks from above Paris and Versailles.

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Arc De Triomphe 2

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Versailles Gardens 1

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Trocadéro

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Sacré-Coeur

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Jeffrey Milstein @ The Bau-Xi

Creators Vancouver Q+A With Jeffrey Milstein

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www.creatorsvancouver.com

Header: Eiffel Tower 5 (Detail)

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