Urban Exploration: Vertigo-Inducing Examples of Rooftopping Photography

by in Inspiration on 12th Sep 2013 · Comments

Rooftopping is becoming a popular craze, especially in Canada, but starting to spread globally. If you wish to participate in rooftopping, you need a good camera, a good head for heights and nerves of steel! One of the ways to get unusual perspective shots has always been by looking up, particularly at architecture.

Rooftopping is all about looking down and standing on the roofs of very tall buildings. A hobby full of peril, but a great fix for any adrenalin junkies out there! The best view to see any places, cities or even the world is usually from the top. The higher you go, the further you get to see. Not many people have the chance to ascend tall buildings and structures to catch a glimpse of beautiful scenery however today we are able to do so through the lens of talented photographers.

In this article we are featuring some rooftopping shots from a selection of outstanding photographers. Let’s travel with them and perhaps you will see a different perspective to the place we live in.

Rooftopping Photography - Don't Look Down!

Aurelie Curie

Aurelie Curie is an urban and industrial photographer. She has taken many awesome rooftopping shots.

Alone

Limitations

Edge of a Grimpen

City on Fire

Together

Tom Ryaboi

Tom Ryaboi likes to travel and see the world where he hopes to learn something, grow and maybe leave something behind. His camera allows him to capture beautiful places, interesting people, and sometimes even himself.

I'll Make Ya Famous
I'll Make Ya Famous

Joker
Joker

Rooftopping
Rooftopping

In Spire
In Spire

Rooftopping 2
Rooftopping 2

Rooftopping 3
Rooftopping 3

Street Slide
Street Slide

Ronnie Yip

Ronnie Yip takes photographs from the streets of Toronto, or wherever else he happens to be.

Up is Down
Up is Down

Suction Cup Climber
Suction Cup Climber

To The Edge and Back
To The Edge and Back

The Quickest Way to Dundas Square
The Quickest Way to Dundas Square

Vertigo Lights
Vertigo Lights

A Finite Radius of Curvature
A Finite Radius of Curvature

Where There's a Will
Where There's a Will

Javin Lau

Javin is a master of putting square pegs into round holes. He makes every effort to find the nooks and crannies that exemplify our man-made playground. The aim of his work is to allow you, the audience, to feel the sense of awe that is reminiscent of your childhood. He wants to alter the paradigm that you feel with your environment.

Summoning the Skies
Summoning the Skies

Tourists in the Sky
Tourists in the Sky

Asian Vertigo
Asian Vertigo

Neil Ta

Neil Ta loves photography and capturing what he gets to witness everyday is what motivates him. Whether he is in familiar surroundings, at a banquet hall shooting a wedding or off the beaten path in a hillside village in Northern Vietnam, he wants to connect with people with humor, joy, and a light attitude. He wants to do this while capturing images that are poignant and timeless. He believes there is art and beauty everywhere and it is his job to find it.

Back to the Roofer
Back to the Roofer

Stopping Traffic
Stopping Traffic

Stinky Tofu: Blade Runner, The Sequel
Stinky Tofu: Blade Runner, The Sequel

Pinkish Hue
Pinkish Hue

A Northern Soul
A Northern Soul

Greenery
Greenery

A Block Reflected
A Block Reflected

Jennifer Tse

Jen Tse is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and photographer currently living in Aarhus, Denmark. She writes, take photos, goes on adventures, and loves breakfast. She will never say no to tea and stroopwafels.

Refractor Protractor
Refractor Protractor

Jump In, The Water's Great
Jump In, The Water's Great

I Wish I Were a Superhero
I Wish I Were a Superhero

Step on a Crack, Break Your Mother's Back
Step on a Crack, Break Your Mother's Back

Jason Pierce

Jason Pierce loves urban and architectural photography, specifically because anyone can relate to it, and he likes to see new places and perspectives. Oddly enough, his fear of heights has made him gravitate towards rooftop photography.

Hang Gliding in NYC
Hang Gliding in NYC

East Midtown Manhattan Vertigo
East Midtown Manhattan Vertigo

Alexander Remnev

Remnev is a young rooftopping photographer from Russia. He is among around 200 photographers in Russia that do this type of risky photography — most of them young students.

On The Edge
On The Edge

Get Height
Get Height

Glass City
Glass City

The Dangerous Person 5
The Dangerous Person 5

Ivan Kuznetsov

Ivan Kuznetsov is another talented photographer from Russia.

Upward!
Upward!

On the Brink
On the Brink

On the Top of Red Gates Administrative Building
On the Top of Red Gates Administrative Building

Vadim Mahora

Vadim Mahora is also one of the Russian photographers who illegally climbed to the top of the Great Pyramid, resulting in some breath-taking shots of Giza that went viral almost overnight.

At the top of the pyramid of Cheops

Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Sheik Zayed Road, Dubai

Dubai
Dubai

Berlin
Berlin

South Bridge in Kiev
South Bridge in Kiev

Other Rooftoppers

Crossroad by Anton Vaganov
Crossroad

Roppongi Streets by Mike Die
Roppongi Street

Packard Dangle: Its Begun by Dennis Maitland
Packard Dangle: Its Begun

Rooftopping in Seoul at Night by Jonas Ginter
Rooftopping in Seoul at Night

Conclusion

Hopefully you enjoyed viewing these remarkable photographs that literally put the photographer's life in danger for his/her art.

Have you come across any rooftopping photographs or photographers that you think should have been included in this showcase? Do you think you have the nerves of steel required to do some rooftopping of your own? Please share your links and opinions with us in the comments section below.

Carol is a blogger and Photoshop enthusiast. She enjoys surfing the net in search of outstanding art, design and photography, and enjoys nothing better than sharing her discoveries through article writing.