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Up On The Roof

When I come home feelin' tired and beat
I go up where the air is fresh and sweet
I get away from the hustling crowd
And all that rat-race noise down in the street
On the roof, the only place I know
Where you just have to wish to make it so



The lyrics from this famous Drifters song so eloquently epitomize the breakneck pace of the city and the elusive refuge that only seems to exist if one rises above it.

In capturing city scenes I've found the rooftops to be my favorite vantage point, and as the lyrics say, "On the roof it's peaceful as can be and there the world below can't bother me". Up there, unhurried, I can take the time to compose, focus and shoot the images my mind conjures...and the breeze whispers its approval.

This series of birds-eye views were all taken "from the heights", well above street level, at twilight and at evening.

JC Canyon

JC Canyon

JC Office Row & LightRail

JC Office Row & LightRail

Rittenhouse Dusk View

Rittenhouse Dusk View

Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA

Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA

On XIX Balcony

On XIX Balcony

Commerce Place Rear View

Commerce Place Rear View

Baltimore Inner Harbor Panorama

Baltimore Inner Harbor Panorama

Inner Harbor From Commerce Place

Inner Harbor From Commerce Place

Transamerica @ Sunset From Commerce Place

Transamerica @ Sunset From Commerce Place

Harbor East from Federal Hill

Harbor East from Federal Hill

10th & 23rd

10th & 23rd

West Street View

West Street View

Freedom Tower

Freedom Tower

The Vue

The Vue

View From Skyline

View From Skyline

J&J From The Vue

J&J From The Vue

RWJ Fresh Grocer #2

RWJ Fresh Grocer #2

RWJ Child Health Institute of NJ

RWJ Child Health Institute of NJ

Plum Street

Plum Street

RWJ Seen

RWJ Seen