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