Technology has always had a way of changing art. Michael Layefsky, a Berkeley photographer has a technique to attach modern digital cameras and radio controls to the older technologies of kites and large helium balloons to create sky-high photographs that formerly only birds could take.
For the past eight years,
Berkeley photographer Michael Layefsky has been
pursuing the art of Kite
Aerial Photography (also called KAP). Layefsky, an
epidemiologist by trade, was always a fan of kites
and photography. It was when he discovered the KAP
techniques of local UC Berkeley architecture
professor Cris Benton that he realized he could
combine them. Drawn to the familiar and yet exotic
images he could make this way, he studied
photography at Berkeley City College to advance his
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The artist in repose.(above)
29 to March 2, 2013
Iíve been taking photographs and flying kites for much of my life. Several years ago, I discovered that I could combine these interests and learned to fly a kite with a digital camera attached to my kite line. This enables me to take aerial photographs, satisfying an intense urge to view things from above. After several years of exclusively using kites, I recently started lifting my camera with a large helium balloon on days with no wind.
I have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 30 years and continue to draw inspiration from everyday life here. I take aerial photographs of a wide range of subjects including landscapes, cityscapes and architectural subjects, as well as agricultural, industrial, and nautical subjects.
Though the vast majority of my aerial photographs have been taken in the Bay Area, I have also had the good fortune to have flown my kite and camera in other parts of the U.S., and in the skies above several Asian and European countries.
My primary interest is to continue capturing images from the birdís-eye perspective. I find it a compelling vantage point from which to view the world, at the same time familiar and exotic.
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