Photo Challenge: ATOP
“Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain.” Edmund Hillary
Climbing to the top demands strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
At the bottom of the mountain you have your scoffers and doubters, by midpoint you have your envious and haters, and when you reach to the top you have new friends and family you never met or thought existed. Anthony Liccione
Even though I’m scared of heights, I get a thrill from going to the top of historic buildings, looking down, and taking a few photos to help me overcome my fear of heights. Of course, every time I get to the top and I look out a window or over a barrier, I wonder what made me agree to go up. So, over the years, I’ve been to the top of some amazing buildings from the Tokyo Tower, Eiffel Tower, WTC and 7World Trade Center, GE Building, Space Needle, Olympiaturm, Neuschwanstein Castle, Empire State building and many, many more. For this photo challenge, I pulled together a few of the photos I’ve taken atop a building or even on a plane descending to an airport. Hope you enjoy them.
“Unfortunately, it is human nature for us to only learn and grow from a place of emptiness. It’s hard to learn when we are winning and on top of the world.” Yehuda Berg
One win, and you’re on top of the world. Lose in the first round of the next tournament: you’re back to reality. Sania Mirza
Rise not alone, rise with others! If you rise alone to the top, you shall be alone at the top! Mehmet Murat ildan
Hello again top of the world! Here’s a run down on the photos in this post; 1st Photo – top left is St Patrick’s Cathedral taken from the GE Building in Manhattan, mid shot is BMW headquarters in Munich and 2nd on right is the Olympic village taken from the Olympiaturm, top right and 3rd down on left is the Seattle skyline taken from the Space Needle, Second on left and last shot on left show the NY skyline taken from 7World Trade Center, 3rd down on right is Bavaria Region and villages taken from the top of Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany. Last shot on right is view from my plane seat as it approached Seattle Airport.
2nd Photo: – 3rd down on the left is Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany taken from the overpass/bridge which captures that famous angle shot. Bottom left is a view from the Stockholm archipelago showing, on the left, the Djurgården (Stockholm Central park) and we are standing on the south side looking East. Last bottom shot on the right is the view of the Tokyo skyline taken from the Tokyo Tower. Take some time to enjoy the view from atop a building in your area. A mountain top would do well too.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: ATOP – For this week’s challenge, experimenting with our point of view in a photograph allows us to establish a setting, tell a specific story, or rethink our own perspective. This week, consider your point of view as you respond to this challenge’s theme, “Atop.” If you’re physically on top of a thing or a place — a mountain, a skyscraper — what type of scene do you want to share in your frame? Consider, too, other interpretations of “Atop” — what does it mean or look like to be on top of a soapbox? A bestseller list? The world? Show us your best image — we look forward to seeing everyone’s takes!
Positive Motivation Tip: As above, so below. Face your fears and rise to the top!
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection including Neuschwanstein Castle. Collage of Photos of super tall buildings from Wikipedia except Neuschwanstein Castle.