Daring Duo Takes Beautiful Illegal Photos of Landmarks


Vadim Mahora and Vitali Raskalovym are a pair of photographers who see the beauty of high places — the kind of high that makes it all worth the risk.

They’ve been working together, scaling well-known bridges, monuments, buildings, and even billboards just to capture breath-taking shots of the city below. Photographing sprawling views, eye-catching details, and the unique energy of the landscape is what feeds their passion, and they’re doing it one country at a time.

However, the shots they take also imply they go beyond the boundaries of not just their fears, but even those of the law. A few years back, Mahora and Raskalovym gained notoriety through a couple of illegal photos they snapped from the top of a pyramid in Giza that went viral in mere seconds. Today, they highlight the fruits of their uncanny exploits on their website, On The Roofs.

The photo above is a birds-eye view shot of the Cologne Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The duo also climbed 650 meters (2,130 feet) to take this shot of the Shanghai Tower. Sure, the building’s elevators take visitors up to an observation platform, but the photographers preferred to take to the cranes for a much more hair-raising shot.
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Much of what makes up their photography exploits involve a lot of patience and timing. Their Shanghai Tower project took them a total of twenty hours — entering the building at night, scaling the cranes at daybreak, waiting for the light to rise just at the right time to capture this dreamy shot of the Jin Mao Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center.
billboards are certainly no exception -- in fact, they provide one of the best views to a city. In this photograph's case, it gives us a fantastic view of the Shanghai seaport.
Billboards are certainly no exception — in fact, they provide one of the best views to a city. In this photograph’s case, it gives us a fantastic view of the Shanghai seaport.
This dizzying view of the Sagrada Familia was taken from a crane 50 meters (164 feet) above the building itself.
This dizzying view of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, was taken from a crane 50 meters (164 feet) above the building itself.
One of the photographers takes a shot of the Eiffel Tower few tourists have had the pleasure of seeing first-hand.
One of the photographers takes a shot of the Eiffel Tower few tourists have had the pleasure of seeing first-hand.
And i that wasn't enough, there's always the option o dangling from one of the tower's legs to take this aerial shot of Paris below.
And if that wasn’t enough, there’s always the option of dangling from one of the tower’s legs to take this aerial shot of Paris below.
Say Hello: climbing the roofs of the Notre-Dame Cathedral finds them a welcoming verdigrised figure among the spires.
Say Hello: climbing the roofs of the Notre-Dame Cathedral finds them a bemused verdigrised figure among the spires.
From across the water, the daredevils take a time out and relish the serene lights of the Stockholm’s City Hall in Sweden.
From across the water, the daredevils take a time out and relish the serene lights of the Stockholm’s City Hall in Sweden.

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