Those of you who suffer from acrophobia may want to proceed with caution while reading the rest of this blog post. That's because the breathtaking images of the world's deserts you're about to see have been taken by last night's IRIS Nights lecturer, photographer George Steinmetz, from high up in the sky...
...on board his own motorized para-glider!
As George explained to the audience, for him to really understand the desert, he needed to get high above the ground. His para-glider is lightest powered aircraft in the world.
His method of photography is certainly not all that safe. He shared a photo of himself that showed injuries he'd received when his glider once crashed during take-off in China. Several busted teeth and 17 stitches didn't stop him from getting back into the pilot's seat!
George told the audience that he has always been a very curious man. The camera is his excuse to explore the world and share his knowledge with the rest of the world.
Don't just think that the deserts are located in hot climates. George gave us all a geography lesson by reminding us that Antarctica, which he has beautifully documented with his own camera, is the largest and driest desert on the planet!
Stropping by to hear George's lecture was his friend Art Streiber, a very talented photographer in his own right.
But George's most important visitor last night was his own mother who watched him with great pride throughout the entire lecture.
Congrats on a great talk, George! Fly safely!
(All images by Unique for the Space)