I’m Ukrainian artist but I’ve been living and working in NYC for four years—I love this stone jungle a lot. By day I’m involved in producing 3D art in the field of medicine and microbiology. Photography is a hobby for me and a way to take a break from my day job.
My father was turning 80 and he made a 10-hour Ukraine-USA flight to see me. I thought to myself: What gift could I give him for his birthday? A helicopter tour around the New York was a pretty exciting choice, and of course, it was a great opportunity to take some photos of the city from the sky during the early morning.
For one, the helicopter is pretty shaky in the air and my camera is vintage-built without any stabilizer inside or in the lens. The helicopter was also photography-specialized so it didn’t have any doors. This made for certain kind of turbulence—and way more adrenaline in the blood than I’m used to!
Definitely. Before the flight, I thought that it would be a singular experience. But after the flight I understood how awesome it is and now I want to do more flights in other great US cities. But as for seeing New York from a bird’s eye, it gave me this very interesting feeling… Pride? Honor? Maybe both? From above you’re able to see how humans have created all this beauty with their hands; a city with its arteries of roads, social infrastructure that can handle and feed millions of people. It’s pretty amazing.
Right now I’m art directing a science animation film with Radius Digital that will help educate people on micro-level mechanism action in their fight with cancer.