Renowned French American photographer Vincent Laforet recently embarked on the photo mission of a lifetime when he soared 7,500 feet in a helicopter above New York City to capture breathtaking aerial photos of the glittering cityscape at night. Held in only by a full-body harness, leaning out of the chopper over a dizzying expanse of darkness and tiny pinpoints of light, the photographer says his experience was “both exhilarating and terrifying” and “the scariest… and the most beautiful” flight of his career.

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