Category Archives: Urban Exploration

“Rooftopping” – (Part 1: The Beginning)

The latest craze for urban photographers is rooftopping.  Many people are still unfamiliar with the term unless they personally know someone who is involved in this current phenomenon.  So for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term “rooftopping” you may ask, “what is it?”  Rooftopping is for those not afraid to soar to levels of  death defying heights, and are searching for a thrill and wanting to take their photographs to a whole new level (no pun intended).   As one of the best urban photographers in Toronto, Neil Ta, so eloquently summed up rooftopping as,  “the views captured from above are those from perspectives only construction workers, engineers, maintenance workers, and security personnel will ever see.”  www.neilta.ca

rooftop view | Toronto | 1/30 sec at f / 3.5, ISO 5000 |

When I just moved back to Toronto and was searching for something exciting to shoot, I came across an article about these guys:  Tom Ryaboi and Ronnie Yip.  The article was about how these guys (including Neil Ta) enter into various buildings (usually) illegally, to capture breathtaking views of the city.   thegridto.com/city/places/view-from-the-top/  I thought that moving back to Toronto after being in Paris for almost two years and Florida and Los Angeles for 10 years was going to be boring from a photography perspective until I heard about rooftopping.

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Rediscovering Toronto

After coming back to live in Toronto and living outside of Canada for the past 12 years, I feel like I am  a newcomer to this city I have always known as home.  It feels odd to come back to a place I was once so familiar with and suddenly feel like a stranger.

Now that I am more submerged in the photography culture, I am looking at the city in a whole new perspective.  I am involved in social media networking with like minded people.  People who share similar photography interests primarily through Instagram, Flickr and more recently 500px.  Through these media outlets, I slowly began to follow people mostly from the cities I have lived in and cities I have visited that are most familiar to me.  I slowly began to become reacquainted with my city.   I wanted to find where the best places to shoot were and educate myself on the newly developed areas of Toronto.

Brookfield Place|

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