The internet has spawned a seemingly astronomical number of memes over the last ten years or so, but perhaps none so adrenaline-soaked as “rooftopping.” To perform this feat, a photographer must find the tallest building they can, or really any extremely tall structure will do, climb out as close to the edge as possible and snap a photo. The result is both some amazing vistas and some intense rushes.
Travel photographer Tom Ryaboi told the Daily Mail that “it is quite addictive, standing on top of the world, but there is something more. There is really only one way to find out what that is… I urge you to get on a roof and discover it for yourself.”
“Rooftopper” Tom Ryaboi has spent his life dangling from buildings trying to achieve what he calls the ultimate rush. He said: “When you climb to the top of a skyscraper and open its hatch for the first time, a pure rush of adrenaline hits you as you overlook the city from above.
He continued: “There is a group of very dedicated individuals who will not rest until they are able to stand on every roof in the city and call it theirs, even if it’s just for a minute or two” (check his website, Blur Surfing, to see more photos.)
Mr. Ryaboi, whose skyline shots of Toronto are putting ‘Rooftopping’ on the map, said: “To this day my father often likes to tell the story of when he came home for work one day, my mother was already at home, and I was sitting on top of the fridge looking down on both of them.”
“I was almost two years old then and they are still trying to figure out how I got up there. Here I am, 25 years later, still trying to sit on top of the tallest things I see. It is quite addictive, standing on top of the world, but there is something more. There is really only one way to find out what that is… I urge you to get on a roof and discover it for yourself.” [Photos via Tomerico/500px; via Toronto Sun,Â My Modern Met and Daily Mail (UK)]