Rooftopping can be really dangerous and it's not for everyone...
I don't know about other roofers (rooftoppers), but for me, I tend to hang out with those who are like-minded, especially for those who comes with passion in their eyes.
Based on my observation, there are 4 major types of rooftoppers.
A. Landscape, architectural and/or lifestyle sort of photographersB. Authentic experience seekersC. Parkour trainersD. Social media wanna-be
I'm sorry I may be offensive on group D but let me walk you through and I hope whoever is reading will get the message I'm trying to deliver here.
Myself is in between A & B. On top of everything, I have a clear objective of why I roof. I find that rooftopping slowly making me be a better person. I meditate myself on the rooftop. I get to pay more concentration on every step I make and how I move.
We all know the fact that the photography that was taken from the rooftop are insanely amazing and gorgeously inspiring. I admit that I also want to share (yes, show-off) to my friends on social media too. Many photographers also does that and they are very active in sharing photos and that makes business senses to me. This is the platform for them to get accepted and they can elevate themselves into a professional career one day.
What annoys me the most is when I see those who wants to rooftop just to get cool photos and share on social media just to get more 'likes', 'followers' and social attention. I find that so ain't cool. Going up on the rooftop can be far dangerous than you think. And for the records, you don't wanna trade your life with just one awesome photo.
To make long story short...
1) Roof at your own risk. Safety must come first. I strictly follow my safety protocol and you must have yours.
2) Roof with a clear purpose. Always remember: "Purpose first, photo later"
Read more on the "Beijing Rooftoppers", featuring Nathan, Joseph, Jimmy, Claire and me in "That's Beijing" Magazine, March 2017. Download the free copy below