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Don’t Try this at Home: The Rooftopping Photography Craze

April 7, 2015 8:00 am

One of the latest photography crazes is called Rooftopping and it involves thrill-seeking (or just plain crazy) photographers ascending to the top of city skyscrapers to capture stunning, vertigo-inducing shots. These photographers don’t just go and hang out with all the tourists in the designated viewing areas; they push the limits and often break the law by climbing to great heights and leaning over edges to shoot breathtaking downward-angled views.

A crusader for this dizzying and dangerous form of photography, Tom Ryaboi from Toronto, has produced stunning images for this craze from climbing over 100 buildings. The process of capturing these shots requires avoiding security and closed circuit security cameras, but according to Ryaboi, it’s worth it because “It’s a pure rush of adrenaline.”

Other adventurous Rooftopping photographers include the Russian duo of Vadim Makhorov and Vataliy Raskalov, also known as On the Roofs. Just like most Rooftopping photographers, the pair often appears in their own photos to prove they were there where others are afraid to shoot. Their goal is to “show people the cities they know, but from unusual angles.” To achieve that, they seek out spectacularly high buildings all over the world and capture bewildering vantage points with their Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 6D. The quality of their images is extremely important to them and they insist that they’re used to carrying such large cameras to new heights for their art.

Time Magazine recently featured images from these Rooftopping photographers and you can view the entire collection on their site.

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Photo by Tom Ryaboi

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Photo by OnTheRoofs

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Photo by Tom Ryaboi

rooftopping photo by OnThe Roofs

Photo by OnTheRoofs

Featured image by Tom Ryaboi