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Breathtaking Photos Of London From Above

High-flying photographer Jeffrey Milstein (previously), renowned for his aerial photos of US cities, snaps landmarks through the open door of a helicopter. This month he hired a chopper in London and amazingly he had just an hour to cover all the buildings he wanted to capture including Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, the glass roof of the British Museum and the Gherkin and Walkie Talkie towers in the City.

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The Walkie Talkie, built two years ago, is one of dozens of new towers in the ancient City. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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Nearby Waterloo Station glows in this stunning photo taken from a helicopter. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece St Paul’s Cathedral is surrounded by modern buildings. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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The art deco Charing Cross Station looks spectacular as seen from above with its platforms projecting out over the river. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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The London Eye on the Southbank is lit up in pink as dusk falls over the capital. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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The green glass roof over the central courtyard of the British Museum is best viewed from above. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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The busy junction next to the Bank of England makes for a striking image from above. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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The Guildhall, begun in 1441, is the only non-ecclesiastical stone building that survives in the City of London. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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The Square Mile is still a centre of global commerce in the 21st century. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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Smithfield market is famous worldwide as the centre of London’s meat trade. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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The Shard and other skyscrapers loom over the capital in this view over Whitehall, the Southbank and the rest of London beyond. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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The Gherkin tower, completed in 2003, is already one of the best-loved landmarks on London’s skyline. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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Tourists and shoppers throng round the statue of Eros at Piccadilly Circus in the West End. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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Few Londoners have any idea what lies behind the fortress-like walls of the Bank of England. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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Lights glow in the grand courtyard of Somerset House, which sits between the Thames and the Strand. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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The famous fountains of Trafalgar Square as Nelson looks down on them from the top of his column. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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Millions of tourists know Buckingham Palace but few have seen it from this perspective. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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The medieval Westminster Abbey is still a major landmark after nearly 800 years. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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Jeffrey Milstein captured these stunning images through the door of a helicopter hovering over central London. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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The Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand is a familiar sight at street level but looks very different from the air. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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The large circular court in the Treasury building is striking from above. Beyond it near the top of the image are the Foreign Office and Downing Street. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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Red London buses line up between government buildings near the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben, far left, and the green-roofed Ministry of Defence, right. (Photo by Jeffrey Milstein/Rex Features/Shutterstock)

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Elderly Animals By Isa Leshko

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Melancholy photo project, created by US photographer Isa Leshko. Here: Blue, Australian Kelpie, Age 19.

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Handsome One, Thoroughbred Horse, Age 33
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“Images of animals that are prevalent in popular culture generally depict animals that are juvenile, or at the very least, in the prime of their lives. In these images, animals are exoticized, anthropomorphized, and/or infantilized. This project examines animals who are elderly or at the end stage of their lives.”

Rooster, Age Unknown
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“I am traveling to sanctuaries across the country to photograph animals that are elderly or at the end stage of their lives. I began this series shortly after I had spent a year in New Jersey helping my sister care for my mother who has Alzheimer’s disease. When mom got sick, I made a conscious decision not to photograph her. But, caring for her had a profound impact on me and I knew the experience would influence my photography.”

Pumpkin, Morgan Arabian Horse, Age 28
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Finn Sheep, Both Age 12
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Ash, Domestic White Turkey, Age 8
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Abe, Alpine Goat, Age 21
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Teresa, Yorkshire Pig, Age 13
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Marino, Bronze Turkey, Age 5
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Kelly, Irish Wolfhound, Age 11
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Bobby, White Domestic Duck, Age 11
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Phyllis, Southdown Sheep, Age 13
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Sierra, White Holland Turkey, Age 3
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Red, Chow Mix, Age 14+
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Violet, Potbellied Pig, Age 12
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Embden Goose, Age 28
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Kiri, Great Plains Wolf, Age 17
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Japanese Artist Makes Models Burst At The Seams With Creepy Zips, Buttons And Power Plugs Painted On Their Skin

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With zips, power plugs, laces and buttons adorning their bodies, these young models look like something out of a travelling freak show. But they are in fact the latest walking exhibits of Japanese artist Chooo-San’s incredible illusionary makeup art. Bored with digitally enhanced pictures, the artist decided to see how far she could push her limits without technology – with impressive results.

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“I don’t really have a reason why I started doing those pictures. But I guess I was a little sick of everyone making pictures with their computers and wanted to see how far I can go without those technologies such as Photoshop. My works are all done with acrylic paints. They are all painted on skin directly and I don’t use computers or anything to change the picture afterwards,” says Chooo-San.

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Fantasy Animals By Lee Cross

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Artist Lee Cross creates her own animal sculptures without the use of any dead carcasses. The basis of each animal’s shape is made out of materials such as wood, clay and chicken wire, and is then wrapped up in a soft padding. On top of that, she adds imitation fur that she hand dyes and as many details and decorative elements as she sees fit. The result are truly one-of-a-kind fantasy creatures.

More info: Lee Cross, Tumblr, Facebook

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