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A bird’s eye view of everyday scenes in India (Unique concept). Eye in the sky over India: Camera on a kite snaps fabulous photographs of the sub-continent.


  • 1. Camera on a KiteA birds eye view of everyday scenes in India (Unique concept).Eye in the sky over India: Camera on a kite snaps fabulous photographsof the sub-continent.To capture the moment the Frenchman holds his kite reel under one armwith the remote control over one shoulder and a video monitor aroundhis neck. He can point the camera in any direction and zoom in or out bysending it up or down the kites string in a special harness.Taken from skies high above India these startling images provide a newperspective on the countrys vibrant landscapes.Incredibly they were snapped not from the inside of an aeroplane butfrom camera hanging from a simple kite.For the last nine years French photographer Nicolas Chorier has beenattaching one of his four specialist cameras to a simple Japanese-stylekite in order to take thousands of pictures of places from above.

2. The iconic white stonework of the Taj Mahal with the city of Agra behind- 47-year-old Nicolas developed his passion for photography aftergrowing up in France with weekly slide shows around the fireplace. 3. Lengths of fishing net looks like strings of spaghetti asfishermen walk among the scattered debris of their trade onthis beach in Kovalam, Kerala at the southern tip of India.The stunning images provide a birds eye view of everydayscenes such as two people partaking in a martial art on abeach in Kerala and iconic buildings such as the Taj Mahal.From above its a completely new vision, new perspectives,new ways to understand the landscape and heritage, saidNicolas.Every place has something interesting to show from above.The results are full of discovery, showing new perspectives,new shadows. Getting so close to subjects is magical,exquisite and thrilling. 4. Hampi is a village in northern Karnataka state, India, located within the ruins ofVijayanagara, which dates back to the 1 st century BC. 5. Part of the beauty of Choriers style is it allows him to shoot buildingssuch as Udaipur Lake Palace in Rajasthan, from the air in an ecologicalway - without resorting to helicopter or plane.Photography has always been a part of Nicolass life.The 47-year-old grew up in France with weekly slide shows around thefireplace. He was given his first camera when he was 12-years-old andquickly became a photography enthusiast.As a teenager he also loved flying kites and one day decided to combinehis two passions.Nicolas, who lives in Pondicherry, India, makes his own kites usingsiliconised nylon and carbon sticks. The photographic equipment ismounted in a small cradle hanging on a line under the kite.Only when his kite is in position and flying smoothly does he send thecamera up. His stunning pictures cast new light on iconic buildings andgive a birds eye view of landscapes in India, Uzbekistan and Laos. 6. Men participating in the Indian martial art of Kalaripayattu in the southern state ofKerala. It is one of the oldest fighting systems in existence, practiced in the state andcontiguous parts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. 7. Camel riders and their animals cast long shadows as they take a rest in the sun inPushkar - in the Indian state of Rajasthan. 8. A gaggle of fisherman drag in a boat full with their bounty from the sea. Nicolas wasgiven his first camera when he was 12-years-old and quickly became a photographyenthusiast. 9. An air-to-ground video link beams live images back to a portable TVscreen strapped around the photographers neck.Nicolas then uses a remote control to move the cradle and camerainto the best position to take the picture.Each site has its own challenges, he said.I have to consider the atmosphere temperature, the crowds, winds,electrical wires and obstacles. It can become very touchy at times.Its not just getting close to his subjects Nicolas enjoys about kitephotography, its the ecological benefits of what he does.Im very concerned about ecology and saving our natural resources,he said.I love the idea of using only the wind to do such activity, comparedto burning kerosene with a helicopter, or wasting helium with aballoon. 10. Women put their colourful freshly washed sheets out to dry in the sweltering sun while achild comes to assist. 11. Chorier says he loves the idea of using only thewind to take photos as compared with burningkerosene with a helicopter, or wasting heliumwith a balloon. 12. Nicolas uses a remote control to move the cradle and camera into the best position totake a picture. He says each site brings its own challenges. 13. The photographer says, I have to consider the atmospheretemperature, the crowds, winds, electrical wires and obstacles. Itcan become very touchy at times. 14. Nicolas it is not just getting close to his subjects that he enjoys,but also the ecological benefits of not using an aeroplane or othermechanical device.Read more: