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]

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...