Date
20 November 2017
Andrew Tso seems to be reaching ever higher in this selfie from the mast of The Centre in Central. Photo: http://www.photoblog.hk/
Andrew Tso seems to be reaching ever higher in this selfie from the mast of The Centre in Central. Photo: http://www.photoblog.hk/

Hey, you up there — you’re under arrest

Rooftop photographers, obviously, have no fear of heights and they’re known to throw caution to the wind.

So, getting up or down a building to indulge their passion should be the least of their problems.

Apparently not.

Rooftops of most Hong Kong buildings are privately owned and access is prohibited without consent from their owners, am730 reported Tuesday, citing solicitor Vitus Leung. 

Offenders are liable to trespassing charges and owners cannot be held responsible in case of accidents, Leung said.

Rooftop photography has been sweeping Hong Kong since a series of breathtaking photographs taken from the top of some of its iconic buildings took social media by storm.

Recently, an enthusiast posted a picture taken atop The Centre, an 80-storey skyscraper that soars 350 meters into the sky.

Rooftop photographers typically stand on the ledge, often without harness or support, aim their cameras vertically to show parts of their body and shoot.  

The concept appeals to people who view it as an exhilarating combination of art and extreme sport.

One of its best-known practitioners is Andrew Tso, who made his name in London, Paris and Hong Kong.

His latest work featured him and two others from the top of The Centre. The shots were taken without the benefit of safety equipment.

Earlier this year, Ukranian Vitaly Raskalov and his Russian friend Vadim Makharov tested the limits in Hong Kong before scaling the Shanghai Tower, the world’s second tallest skyscraper.

Fire officer Leung Wai-kong said rooftops are not designed for everyday access, so it would be difficult to rescue anyone in an emergency.

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Daniel Lau stands on the roof of K11 building in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: Facebook


Ukranian Vitaly Raskalov and his Russian friend Vadim Makharov have tested the limits in Hong Kong. Photo: http://ontheroofs.com/


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