THESE are the stunning images of Las Vegas taken by a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer - as he leant out of a helicopter.
Fearless Vincent Laforet and a pilot flew 45 minutes away from the city to reach the total darkness of the Nevada Desert and climbed to 8800ft.
He then slowly flew back to capture a series of dramatic shots as well as others above the famed bright lights.
The French American photographer said: “By the time we reached our position far and high away from Vegas my leg had fallen asleep.
“Then came the moment of truth. It was time to slide open that door and go to work.
“I slid the door open and then flopped my legs down onto the skid and leaned out to make the image.
“All of my nervousness and fear was instantly wiped out when I saw Las Vegas from above and in the middle of a literal desert of darkness.”
Vincent, who won the Pulitzer in 2002 for his post 9/11 coverage of conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan, said the city looked like a “computer motherboard” from above.
He said its grid-iron pattern streets and the central strip of hotels looked like the Monopoly board.
He added: “To me the most memorable part of this shoot wasn’t the strip but the everything outside it.
“The fact that you have this huge metropolis in the middle of the desert.”
The Sin City shots are the second in the Vincent’s series titled Air, following his photos of New York City from above.
The complete set of images shot above Las Vegas were published yesterday on Storehouse, a visual storytelling application for iPhone and iPad that enables users to combine photographs with videos and text to create visual narratives.
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