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Aerial photos of NYC and LA reveal symmetry hiding in plain sight

From the street level, places like Los Angeles and New York City can be chaotic and confounding. However, from up in the air, you can see that these cities are works of symmetry just waiting to be discovered.

71-year-old aerial photographer Jeffrey Milstein captures symmetrical urban planning hiding in plain sight. Taking pictures from a helicopter hovering 2,000 feet in the air, he’s documented apartment buildings, monuments, parks, and other public spaces – all neatly arranged into mesmerising geometric patterns.

It’s a refreshing perspective, especially for those who’ve grown accustomed (and tired) of seeing these cities from the same old point-of-view.

“I want to show things from the perspective that few people get to see, that I find beautiful and fascinating,” explained Milstein. “It’s that view of earth where you see how things relate geometrically, like the Park La Brea housing development—you would never see that amazing, Mason-inspired geometry from the ground.”

Milstein’s latest series, Flying Over LA, is currently on exhibit at the Benrubi Gallery in NYC and the Kopeikin Gallery in LA until August 22. You can see more of his work over on Instagram.

Boats in Block Island Harbor #boats #harbor #summer #ocean #blockisland #aerialphotography

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LAX airport terminals at night #LAX #aerialphotography #la #helicopter #kopeikingallery #benrub_igallery

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#losangeles #parklabrea #helicopter #masonic Masonic inspired architecture of Park La Brea housing in LA

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Shot from ?- Bryant Park and NY public library #NYC # bryantpark #newyork_instagram #aerialphotography

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White Toyota cars lined up at Long Beach Port- shot from ? #cars #aerialphotography #la #toyota #automobile #portoflongbeach

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Aerial photos of NYC and LA reveal symmetry hiding in plain sight