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New York City from above

Written by 15 November 2011 12 Comments

Two years ago, us in Germany had a really snowy and white winter for the first time in a long time. My dad took me along on a pleasure flight with a good old cessna. When I watched the snowy fairytale below us, I was so fascinated with the beautiful patterns and graphic structures, the lines and circles, the fields, rivers and streets created underneath the snow, that I started to take pictures of it. Since then, I have a certain thing for bird’s eye photography and could sometimes stare at it for hours. So it happened today, when I came across the stunning pictures by Navid Baraty.

Taken from the skyscrapers high above, Navids series “Intersections” exactly shows these colourful graphic patterns and structures I am so fascinated with. Plus they manage to communicate the vibrance of New York and the movement in the city.

“Watching a city from above can reveal so much about its character,” he tells on Mymodernmet. “I think that the pace of New York City is best seen from high above: the constant flow of taxis, the merging of traffic, the waves of pedestrians crossing at the change of traffic lights, and the sounds of honking horns and sirens.”

Looking at these pictures indeed feels like watching on a pocket sized New York, a little bit like in the photos of Ben Thomas, just without the tilt-shift effect. This kind of photography is actually called “rooftopping”. The photographer takes a photo at the edge of a skyscraper, often times even with their feet dangling over the edge, right above the scary street canyon. Imagine that, Ladies!

Now, I definitely have the urge to climb the Chrysler builing in Berlin (yes, there is one!) or even the TV Tower to shoot some nice, graphical city patterns from dizzying height. They would really look nice on my bedroom wall, don’t you think?

This post was written by Nina Hüpen-Bestendonk, who has a funny name even for Germans; she is a wicked go-getter and creative freelance designer, photographer and blogger.

She has an eye for beauty and even finds it in ugly apartment blogs. Her weekly photo chronicle “My week in pictures” has already become a classic among urban Berliners. Find out more at smaracuja.de.


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  • Caits said:

    Its nice seeing the city from this view. I was at the rook garden at the top of my friends apartment building in mid town, and I couldn’t help just looking down and taking it all in. Things look a lot bigger from down below. It was also neat to see the greenery of the surrounding apartment buildings’ rooftop gardens.



  • trvl8dintern said:

    I am in love with the third pictures! the city looks so different from the sky. Almost fake! :)

  • Angela said:

    Wow, love these pictures!

  • adam said:

    got a little bit of vertigo looking at these!

  • Sophie said:

    Very cool; I feel a slight urge to fly now.

  • Zablon Mukuba said:

    its amazing how small the cars seem

  • Thomas said:

    I love these photos. Whenever I have the chance, I take similar ones. Like this one from the Skytower in Auckland, New Zealand: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wasserberg/374434498/

  • Deb said:

    Very Cool Photos and what a great idea.

  • Anastacia Spada said:

    This is so true – watching a city from above can be fascinating. I spent hours on my friends roof in the east village, watching the traffic go by. The rhythm of traffic was impressive, but it also made me realize that there are a LOT of tour buses down there…

  • Tanned Traveler said:

    what a great view of my home town!

  • Sable said:

    What an imaginative jump starter. My thoughts triggered about those zip-line rides through the forest canopies in Georgia and around the world. What a thrill ride, Spiderman style, this would be. This is truly beautiful art.

  • John - Ny Shopping said:

    These photos are really amazing and show us another vision of New York.

    Excellent angle!

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