High art: These stunning aerial photographs will change the way you look at our infrastructure
Peter Andrew Lusztyk is giving new meaning to the term "high art"
Photographing from a moving helicopter is not for the faint of heart. First, you find a helicopter pilot you really trust. They strap you into the back passenger seat, which has already had the door removed to give you a clear view of the world below. And then you ascend into the sky. With your seatbelt tight against your chest and the wind ripping through the aircraft, the pilot tilts the helicopter on an angle for you to photograph straight down. Which can feel pretty scary — or thrilling, if you're photographer Peter Andrew Lusztyk.
A successful commercial and art photographer, Lusztyk captured his first aerial photograph in 2008 when his friend took him for a ride in a Cessna aircraft. Since then, Lusztyk has photographed over 50 highways around the world from helicopters for his project, appropriately titled Highways.
In this video, CBC Arts tags along with Lusztyk on a shoot high above the 400 and 401 highways in Toronto. Lusztyk explains that when commuters are driving on the highway, they aren't necessarily thinking that these interchanges are beautiful. But when viewed from 2,000 feet above, they become beautiful figure eights that capture the incredible feats of engineering.
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