City Rising: A Bird's-Eye View of Toronto
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City Rising: A Bird’s-Eye View of Toronto

A timelapse from Toronto's veteran rooftop photographer, Tom Ryaboi.

For all that Torontonians often complain about the aesthetics of our city—poor design, poor maintenance, architecture that’s too generic or too forgetful of our history or too scared of the future—there are moments and places of great beauty here. Capturing them from way on high: photographer Tom Ryaboi, who has already received international attention for his rooftopping images. His stills have been admired for years, and now he’s put together a timelapse of Toronto and some of its daily patterns, as shot from dozens of stories above the street. City Rising, he writes, is his attempt to give us a new perspective on the city we call home, to show Torontonians Toronto “as they have never seen it before—where the boundary between earth and sky is unclear and the placid beauty of the city lays spread out below, quietly humming along.”

Watch this one in full screen.