Abseiling architectural photography
by Carlos Ayesta

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Architectural photographer Carlos Ayesta captured these unusual views of Paris by abseiling down the sides of skyscrapers with his camera slung over his shoulder (+ slideshow).

Abseiling architectural photography by Carlos Ayesta

Ayesta is a freelance photographer specialising in architecture. He has abseiled from Paris structures such as La Tour Eiffel, La Grande Arche de la Défense, the Center of New Industries and Technologies (CNIT), Tour EQHO and Tour Sequoia.

Abseiling architectural photography by Carlos Ayesta

By dangling from the sides of these buildings, Ayesta gains an unusual perspective of the city, including views taken through windows of unsuspecting occupants.

Abseiling architectural photography by Carlos Ayesta

"My approach of taking photographs whilst abseiling and from hanging platforms shows the architecture in another dimension," Ayesta told Dezeen.

Abseiling architectural photography by Carlos Ayesta

Ayesta hopes to capture the city, district and buildings in his photographs from a previously unseen perspective. "I can take pictures of hidden things. No-one on the ground or on top of the buildings can see what I see," he explained.

Abseiling architectural photography by Carlos Ayesta

"I take pictures of towers, offices and homes, and I am able to capture the people working and living within those spaces," he continued. "The window reflections are magical - you can see life and the landscapes within the same frame."

Abseiling architectural photography by Carlos Ayesta

Here's a short film of Ayesta abseiling in Paris:

Ayesta told Dezeen he is talking to a company in Tokyo about his next project.

Earlier this year, we featured photographs by Nick Guttridge's of The Shard by Renzo Piano which showed just how tall the building is compared with the rest of London's skyline. More recently London's Design Museum exhibited photographs depicting examples of unsung architecture in the city.

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Photographs are by Carlos Ayesta.
Film is by Guillaume Bression.

  • http://www.benspictureoftheday.com Ben

    This is fantastic work, but the burning question is how did people react when they saw batman with a camera coming down the side of their building?

  • http://www.andy-matthews.co.uk andy

    Iwan Baan eat your heart out. :-)

    • Mick Traen

      Iwan is way better! The movie is spectacular, but the pictures suck.

  • Jonathan

    These are great. Let’s see some in Hong Kong and Singapore!

  • Mick Traen

    The making of is way more interesting than the actual pictures. A disease of these times. Make a lot of fuzz and put in a lot of effort and it’s great, no matter what the result is!