Over Paris by Alain Cornu

“Over Paris” is a gorgeous ongoing photo project by photographer Alain Cornu, who brings his 4×5 large format field camera onto rooftops around the Paris for views of the city at night.

Cornu has spent nearly a decade adding photos to the series.

Many of the images show famous landmarks in Paris, often far in the distance. The Eiffel Tower can be seen in several of the images.

Rooftops hold a certain allure but it’s not just urban explorers and extreme sports narcissists that are drawn to the tops of buildings to capture this alternative view of the city. Photographer and Artist Alain Cornu drags a 4×5 field camera onto the rooftops of Paris to create stunningly beautiful images that feel like portals into another world.
Cornu’s ongoing project, “Sur Paris” (“Over Paris”), began almost 10 years ago when he discovered how the rooftops offered a place for contemplation and meditation. For Cornu, the mundane elements — the antennae, chimneys, skylights — take on a unique feel after the sun goes down, and give the city a sense of intimacy. One of the most distinctive features is the zinc cladding that covers 90 percent of all Parisian rooftops, a characteristic of the city since Napoleonic times. (Via Fstoppers)

Alain Cornu’s Website