Library shows local aerial photographer Michael Layefsky

Sunset at the University of California, Berkeley. Photo: Michael Layefsky

A solo exhibition of the work of Berkeley-based photographer Michael Layefsky recently opened at the main branch of the Berkeley Public Library.

Layefsky, who was profiled by Berkeleyside in January, captures his stunning images from the sky with the help of kites, helium balloons, and long poles.

Whether it’s the roof of Berkeley’s Forge and Tool complex, or the striking architecture of the Berkeley Art Museum as seen from above, the rice terraces of Bali or San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, Layefsky’s images are never less than enthralling.

Pacific Steel Casting Plant 1. Photo: Michael Layefsky

Layefsky was recently invited to exhibit photographs and demonstrate his aerial photography tools and techniques at the California Academy of Sciences. His clients include organizations such as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the World Economic Forum, and the U.S. National Park Service.  Many of his images are available for license from Getty Images.

His large format digital prints will be on display in Berkeley Public Library’s Central Catalog Lobby, 2090 Kittredge at Shattuck, downtown Berkeley through September 4th.  Access to the exhibit is available during the library’s open hours: Monday 12-8; Tuesday 10-8; Wednesday, Saturday, 10-6; Sunday 1-5. Visit the Library’s website for more information.

Fountain and Shadows: at Golden Gate Park's Main Concourse. Photo: Michael Layefsky

For a stunning bird’s eye view, launch a kite (or a balloon) [01.23.12]

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  • Dave

    Just FYI that is not Berkeley Forge but rather Pacific Steel Casting Plant 1.

  • serkes

    Oh my. Two consecutive day of spectacular photos!   Thank you!

  • Really nice photos.

    I’ve seen that you are a photographer yourself…and a foodie. When a meet up for people that post on BS is organized, I expect you’ll have some interesting things to share.

  • serkes

    Thanks – I’m definitely looking forward to that meat up.

  • Dave: Thanks for the correction. We’ve made the fix.

  • Michael’s work is amazing. Please share more from time to time!

  • July 12, 18:00-19:30 at ACME Bar on San Pablo Ave. Cheers