My favorite way to shoot cityscapes, is from above, from the top of buildings. It can be rooftops, observatories, bars and restaurants… In big cities, there are many ways to shoot from above.
Last fall, I visited New York for the third time. I wanted to find new and exciting vantage points that you don’t see on most tourist shots. I though about it when I was preparing the trip and I realized I wanted to shoot from the top of some buildings to find new perspectives. Having already been at the Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building, I had to find other ways.
The thing about New York is that there are many private rooftops in the city: from bars to restaurant to private balconies… All I needed was access! I searched online and started emailing people. I offered to give them the resulting images for free, in exchange for access to their rooftop.
I did not really think it would work, but it actually did! In a matter of days, I started receiving positive answers (some refused, of course) and I planned my trip accordingly. In the end, I even ended up cancelling one location because I did not have enough time.
If you are a regular on this blog, you know I usually share the location from where I shoot my images. I am making an exception here, to respect the people and organizations who opened their doors to me.
Shooting from these places was absolutely fantastic. I finally found original vantage points over New York City, which is no easy thing to do. Seeing the city from different elevations is mesmerizing. As you will notice, I shot from very high locations, but also from rooftops that were just in the middle of everything. This reveals the many layers and the diversity of Manhattan.
Seeing the city from these exclusive locations had me re-think my approach to cityscape photography. I still love to capture iconic images in my own way, but I am thinking about new ways to find locations and interesting shots.
This was a great experience and I am thinking about doing it again in Toronto, where I live. Stay tuned for more! I’ll leave you with a few more images…