Titled Gotham 7.5K, the photos were shot on assignment for Men's Health Magazine for an article about psychology. Laforet proposed shooting from an unusually high altitude to capture the lines formed by the streets of NYC at night, which remind him of "brain synapses." After finding a helicopter pilot willing to fly at such a crazy altitude, the photographer had to work with him to plan flight paths and obtain special clearances to fly above airline traffic landing at airports.
Luckily, the trip was pulled off without a hitch, resulting in a truly stunning collection of photos showcasing the city's iconic skyline from above. To see more, be sure to check out Laforet's post on his experience and this behind-the-scenes video by David Geffin.