Rooftop Photographer: Dizzy over Downtown LA

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Los Angeles photographer Michael Escobedo climbs to the top of some of LA’s tallest skyscrapers – and shoots. His dizzying photos of the man-made marvels of Los Angeles – pillars of light surrounded by streams of taillights – pay homage to an LA that is both glorious and garish.

Escobedo, who shoots everything from animals to automobiles to models,  apparently gains access to many of his elevated locations by sheer wit, and without approval,  in what he calls “rooftopping.”.  He often shoots straight down a building giving the viewer a vertigo-inducing vision that most of us would never see.

“I started [rooftopping] because I started getting bored of seeing the city from the same vantage points over and over again,” the 20 year old Escobedo told the LAist. “I wanted to bring something, new, fresh, something that people hadn’t seen before. I wanted to show everyone how beautiful and different the city that they’ve lived their whole lives in can be, by changing their perspectives.”

If you’re not afraid of heights, click on over to Escobedo’s website and take a look. The rooftop photograher hosts his work on a SmugMug site, so one can even purchase the photographs, framed or rolled or mounted, with a simple click onto his site: AwokenPhotography.com.

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Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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