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Aerial Landscapes by Henry Do

Three years ago, a GoPro photograph of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, went viral and changed the course of Henry Do‘s life. Since then, the Las Vegas-based photographer has taken to the skies all over the world. Do bought his first drone back in 2015. He got his second drone a week later. Last fall, he told Full Drone that his favorite photograph was one he’d taken on the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. This post gathers together a number of his incredible images including Yellowstone National Park, Monument Valley and the Hawaii’s amazing landscapes.

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To my aspiring photographers: keep doing what you do, keep taking pictures. I promise you will grow as long as you keep viewing the world in the way only a photographer can. One day you’re going to look back and see it. How far you’ve come. I assure you.

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. 

I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. 

And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”
~Neil Gaiman

Marilyn Monroe looking at a statue of Edgar Degas’ Little Dancer of Fourteen Years (1956). Photograph by John Huston taken at William Goetz’s house.

Reportedly, Monroe was so emotionally affected by the sculpture that she wept when she saw it. In 1881 Degas first showed this sculpture of the dancer Marie van Goethem at an exhibition of impressionist art. The sculpture was made of wax and dressed in a real bodice and tutu and had a wig of real hair that was tied up with a fabric ribbon. Goetz had one of the 28 bronze repetitions of the sculpture.

This photograph was taken in India, by Gautam Basu, and won CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year in 2011. The area they are in is referred to as the ‘Pipe Slum’ and are old pipes that were discarded by the city after the completion of a water project. The rest of the slum is made up of ramshackle shanties that are built over and around the pipes. The area is also home to a number of children attending a nearby compassion project. Like India, Manila in the Philippines also has homeless people and families living in similar concrete and steel pipes.