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As a pleasant surprise a few days ago in afternoon when a woke up after a previous night of rooftopping, I found that the photo I've posted from that night had like 10k views and was on the front page. In a few short days I now have somewhat of a following compared to the 5 watchers I had before, and my tumblr followers have also doubled.
To those of you who appreciate my work, thank you and welcome!

I'd like to take a moment to explain my work, since it seems that a lot of you seem to think that I'm nuts for going to such great heights for these pictures.
For those of you who aren't familiar with rooftopping, well, it's just when people climb on top of roofs. Some of active buildings, some of construction sites. Simple enough.
People do it to see the city from a higher perspective, and feel the high altitude winds blow past their hair; to look down from 50 stories up and feel the immediate rush of vertigo and step back from the edge; to take photographs of the city that normally towers over them and surrounds them, from hundreds of feet up where they can see everything.

But at the same time, these locations are legally out of bounds. Whether it be the roof of an active high-rise or the current top floor of an under construction building, these are off limits to the public.

Part of my mentality when going on these explorations is that I am reclaiming my bit of the city. The buildings I climb are going to be condos, all sold out long before construction even began. Each one costs anywhere from $400 grand to upwards of $3 million. I have trouble seeing that I'll ever have the money to buy one of these little boxes, nor will I ever work in one of those bank buildings that tower over the rest of the city. I may not own any of this, and perhaps never will, but at least I can see it. I can see the city from above, at 3 in the morning when I have the entire building to myself, and only seeing a few cars driving down the usually crowded streets, with no pedestrians in sight for miles. This is my way of taking a break from student life, where I am transformed and packaged into a cog for the machine. During the day, I'm a student; but at night, I am truly me, and I am in control of my actions. A retreatist social deviance.

I don't have a death wish, but I don't fear death. I know and accept the risks involved, and I'm careful and experienced enough to know what's safe to do and what isn't. Thank you for all your concern, and thank you for reading. Love you all :)
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Urban Explorer, Rooftopper, Student Filmmaker, Photographer


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mecengineer Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2018
Happy Birthday Sai!
aladinsaad Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017  Professional General Artist
Waw, .. your art & your mind are amazing ...
moisesfabian Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Student Photographer
I love your Photos!!
Elzyy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the photos :happybounce: , your photography has given me a new perspective on city life and over all more creative compositions :D (Big Grin) 
mecengineer Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2017
Happy Birthday!
Quinnymeow Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Student General Artist
Your photography is amazing!Thumbs Up 
mecengineer Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2016
Happy Birthday!
Bottled-Thoughts Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015   General Artist
Randomly saw its you birthday. Good job
s3010 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015
i LOVE your work.
Midnitez-REMIX Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Sai,

Coming this August the 16th is :icontoronto:'s biggest and best DevMEET of the summer and we hope you can attend! We will be heading to Centre Island to hang out, check out the petting zoo, going out to eat and exploring the island. It's an all ages meet; come by yourself or with a friend if you like, everyone is welcome!

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If you can make it then please RSVP so we know you are coming. Even if you will be there a bit later than when it starts that's okay too but we still need you to RSVP. So again, hope to see you there! :D (Big Grin)

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