In the U.S., the news from Africa always seems negative. But George Steinmetz and the folks over at MediaStorm have shown there are a lot of reasons to be hopeful.
At Latitude News, we are trying to bring you stories that see the world from a new angle. This slideshow makes the cut.
Steinmetz presents stunning photos of the continent from high above ground. Just as remarkable as the photos themselves is the way he takes them. He rides in a motorized paraglider – essentially, a parachute with a big fan.
In the slideshow you’ll see a short video of the photographer taking off. The photographer waddles through the desert like an injured duck until – whoosh – he just floats up into the air. He can fly as high as 6,000 feet, but says its most effective to hover at 100 to 500. “This gives me a more intimate view of the landscape,” Steinmetz says on his website, “and as I’m piloting myself, I can search out the precise point in the sky to visualize a picture.”
There’s a good chance you’ve seen Steinmetz’s work before – he’s done 31 photo essays for National Geographic. If you haven’t, this will be quite an introduction.