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'Rooftopping' is the New 'Planking,' with a Travel Photography Angle

November 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM | by | ()

By now, many of you have probably heard about a fad in photography called "rooftopping" in which brave souls find a way to the top of a skyscraper to snap a few photos.

Most of the buildings the photographers are scaling are apparently "off limits" to the public, a factor that plays up the idea of rooftopping as somewhat of an underground, rebellious endeavor (see sensationalized headline here). That said, considering the willingness of photographer Tom Ryaboi to put his name all over the photos and sit down for interviews after his recent visit to Toronto, we're guessing the security teams at these buildings don't take themselves too seriously.

So, with that last part in mind, yes, you should definitely try this at home! Now, we're not suggesting you blast past a bunch of "do not enter" signs, however we will admit that one of our favorite things to do in a new city is find a perch to rise above our surroundings, whether it's a natural (Mount Royal in Montreal, for example) or man-made lookout (the top of the Empire State Building).

Not only does this make for great photos as you can see in Ryaboi's work above, but it also allows visitors to get a grip on how a destination is laid out. Plus, there's just an epic feeling that comes from being up that high - a king looking out over his kingdom, if you will.

Got any awesome rooftop or aerial photos? Feel free to tweet them over to us.

[Photos: Tom Ryaboi]

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