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Vic Invades

Warning: if you suffer from a fear of heights, you might want to skip today’s post. I dig heights, and these photos are giving even me the yips! Here’s some puppies instead.

Urbex: the exploration of man-made structures, usually abandoned ruins or other rarely-seen elements of the man-made environment.

Rooftopping: a type of urbex which involves climbing onto the roofs of skyscrapers for the purpose of taking photos. See also craneing and buildering.

Vic Invades is a young photographer who engages in urbex and rooftopping, and whose Instagram is bursting with heart-stopping New York City photos taken from great heights. My first thought looking at them was “his poor mother.” And of course, it’s not just the laws of gravity (and Murphy) he’s defying to capture these stomach-lurching photos. There’s quite a bit of criminal trespass going on, too.

VI describes himself as the Robin Hood of photography because he believes these spectacular views shouldn’t be the exclusive property of the rich and privileged. I take his point, but I promise you that very, very few of the rich and privileged are climbing out on their skyscrapers to enjoy these death-defying perspectives.

His photos are clearly an outpouring of his youth and energy; of his feeling of immortality and his need to explore. He may have gotten my attention with his daring, but it’s really his skill with a camera and his sense of composition that kept me interested. I give him credit for all of that talent, no matter how much I want him to GET DOWN FROM THERE THIS INSTANT.

All photos are the property of Vic Invades (and make me feel a little whoopsie).

(Via)

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

14 thoughts on “Rooftopping

  1. Oh my……sneakers, snow and great hieghts don’t seem to be a really great combination. Oh, the immortality of youth.

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  2. I do have a fear of heights but I love photography so I had to look. Eegads! Those yoofs are nutters! Not only are they scaling huge heights and balancing on the edges of buildings but they are doing so in sneakers with not very much grip on the sole. And in winter too. I hope their parents are removing their screen time from them.

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  3. Have you seen the movie The Walk? It’s the recreation of Philippe Petit’s stroll between the Twin Towers. Even though I knew it was total Hollywood computer-generated make-believe, it still freaked me out.

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  4. Yikes! a little whoopsie is putting it mildly! These are nuts!

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