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“Rooftopping” – (Part 2: An Evolving Subculture)

In a previous article, “Rooftopping – Part1:  The Beginning” I introduced a craze in photography known as rooftooping that many urban photographers are exploring.  I communicated how rooftoppers were not particularly thrilled exposing where they shoot from and exposing their secrets.  Understandably because they often gain access by trespassing onto the properties they are shooting from.  The images often raise curiosity among the viewers leaving them to wonder where exactly they were captured from.  In the instances where the viewer is familiar with the city it is not too difficult to pinpoint the general vicinity where the photo was shot. However, figuring out the exact building tends to be more complicated.

Image courtesy of Vitaliy Raskalov & Vadim Makhorov |

I want to make it clear that I am not revealing any secrets.  Many well-known rooftoppers openly discuss their experiences and post videos of them in the act.  I am friendly with several local rooftoppers therefore, it is not my intention to upset anyone.  I want to be able to share some incredible images by extremely talented young photographers, most who are self-taught.  As well as, acquaint readers with what is typically involved in such extreme photography. Continue reading “Rooftopping” – (Part 2: An Evolving Subculture)

“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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