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I currently work in the Facade industry here in London. We design, supply and install the facades for some of the largest buildings in London. As a result of this, I am sometimes given some interesting opportunities to explore the buildings to document the progress through photography/film.
Recently I was tasked with photographing a building near Victoria station overlooking Buckingham Palace. It was by far one of the most memorable “rooftop” experiences in my career as I was harnessed in and given free reign across the rooftop.
After a safety briefing and an explanation of exactly how I would clip in, I was ushered onto the roof. Like mountain climbers, we ascended to the highest point. From here we surveyed the rooftop and along the way, I snapped what I could. Here is a photo essay of what I saw.
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Where did we do the abseiling in London?
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The Photo Essay
My full photography set up can be seen in the adjacent image. I was in a harness with all of my additional lenses etc in my backpack. Everything was clipped onto me and tethered for extra safety.
It gave me all the rush that the hardcore city crane climbers feel without the fear or arrest of death. That’s a win in my books!
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Ben – Cultured Kiwi Photography
New Zealand travel photographer based in London, UK. He was taking photos from a very young age in the backcountry of New Zealand before moving abroad. Since doing so he has taken workshops and tried to help get as many people into this art as possible. Featured in NZ Herald, Stuff.co.nz and many photography publications it’s safe to say he loves his photography!