Africa: As seen from a motorized paraglider

Todd McClamroch of has recently posted a link to some of the work of George Steinmetz – a professional photographer who uses a motorized paraglider to photograph unique sights around the world. Steinmetz has recently written “African Air,” a collection of his amazing aerial photographs of Africa, and he noted on his Vimeo site:

I dreamt of how amazing it would be to fly over Africa’s vast landscapes, and some twenty years later my dream came true when I talked National Geographic into financing a portfolio of aerial photos for the coming Millennium. As I buzzed around the Sahara in small planes I was frustrated by how fast they flew, and wanted a lower and slower perspective, with an aircraft that I could pilot to put myself into exactly the right position in the sky. I eventually settled on motorized paragliding, with the lightest and slowest powered aircraft in the world. And since learning how to fly I have returned to Africa repeatedly over the past ten years to create a large body of work that I put into my first book, African Air.

Judging from some of the amazing aerial photos compiled in this video on Vimeo, the book is a must have by anyone who appreciates aerial photography or has a love for Africa.

George Steinmetz – African Air from George Steinmetz on Vimeo.

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