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Tell Cris Benton to go fly a kite. He’ll return with breathtaking photographs taken from seemingly impossible vantage points. As a young architect, Cris wanted sharp images of his buildings’ upper reaches, so he pioneered the art/science of of aerial kite photography. Now a professor of architecture at UC Berkeley, Cris is still a leader in the aerial kite photography community, constantly developing new ways to rig remotely controlled cameras to customized kites for stunning results. Also, see the centuries-old technique of using kites to lift people in the air! Watch the clip, and check out Cris’ website.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I would love to know more about the artist mentioned briefly at the end of this video segment.
    Google and I can’t figure out how to spell his name!

    Thanks.

  2. Make: television says:

    The maker of the large, manlifting kites featured briefly in the “factoid” segment at about 9:50 in the video is Patrick de Koning. Resources for him in English are kind of tough to come by (de Koning is based out of the Netherlands), but this is a good start:
    http://newsletter.drachen.org/Nov2006/nov06-patrick.html

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