A rooftop couple sunning themselves as seen from my own rooftop. Click once on image to enlarge.


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Something catches my eye and I photograph it, always with the intention of reworking it into something I can call my own. My thinking: It’s not what you look at that matters but what it is you see and how you see it. That’s what matters. That’s how the artist shines through.

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  • janeymac
    janeymacabout 6 years ago

    great shot Mark! they look like fridge magnets lol fantastic it looks vertical as thouh they are stuck on !! love it !! Jane

  • God, that’s a funny way to see it… I love it! Now that you pointed that out, that’s the way I’m going to see it forever! :<}

    – Mark Ross

  • Stormygirl
    Stormygirlabout 6 years ago

    Very cool shot, great composition.

  • Thank you, thank you!

    – Mark Ross

  • janeymac
    janeymacabout 6 years ago

    you’re welcome you’re welcome !!! lol

  • Maybe with your approval, I will change the title to Fridge Magnets! I think want to do that… really! Please?

    – Mark Ross

  • janeymac
    janeymacabout 6 years ago

    Mark I’m sorry I meant no offence , I really love it! I hope I don’t sound like a smart a… because that’s not what I mean. sorry my friend Jane

  • Jane… I really meant it! I changed the title as per your wonderfully whimsical take on it. Smiles to ya and thanks!
    -Mark xxx

    – Mark Ross

  • janeymac
    janeymacabout 6 years ago

    Mark that is great !!! thanks !! Jane xxx

  • rubes
    rubesabout 6 years ago

    Me too now with the fridge magnets! lol Definitely a whimsical take. Wonderful photo!

  • A big thank you Rubes! So nice hearing from you, really.

    – Mark Ross

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 6 years ago

    What a fabulous capture! They really do look like little magnets…..wow! How hot must it be on that roof?

  • It wasn’t too hot on my roof which is 35 floors up. The rooftop the couple was on was only 5 floors high so probably it was similar. I love this kind of ultra flat perspective, in this case looking straight downward. Thanks Mel, for your response!

    – Mark Ross

  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaabout 6 years ago

    this is so sensational mark – it so has the effect of a hazy hot day, where the scene almost looks plastic in appearance, just to the point of melting… adore the lines in this image as can work as a pure abstract piece in itself, however, the people draw you in to discover an enormous sense of scale and realism at the same time… quite brilliant really!

  • What a great comment and set of observations you’ve made Paul. Thank you so much for everything you’ve said. Sounds good to my ear! BTW/ the plastic appearance is pure Photoshop. I wanted to disguise the ugliness of the dirty old tar paper and decided to give it a sheen or gloss as it were. That’s the thing about photography I don’t like, the automatism of showing all as it really is. I only want to show what pleases my eye and not just plain reality itself. I guess that’s the painter in me. That’s my former background. Anyhow, love hearing from you Paul and glad you like this!

    – Mark Ross

  • © Helen Chierego
    © Helen Chieregoabout 6 years ago

    What I like about this image is the strong horizonal,vertical and diagonal lines that the figures on their sun chairs combine to make and extraordinary scene from life. There is a feeling of heat in a city of concrete and bricks where the people seem to be displaced. Makes me think that they should be at the beach or by a lake. Great capture.

  • God, that’s all so true Helen! But you do this sort of thing when you can’t get away to the beach or a lake and my feeling is akin to yours in that these people look so terribly displaced. There’s a measure of absurdity in this and all the other images I’ve taken from up high in NYC and I have to admit… I love the absurd! Thanks for taking the time to respond here. I appreciate it greatly!

    – Mark Ross

  • Adrian Donoghue
    Adrian Donoghueabout 6 years ago

    What a fabulous capture Mark, its so surreal I thought it was constructed, very well done.

  • Thanks Adrian… great comment! Does actual qualify as surreal? I don’t know. That’s what I’m wondering.

    – Mark Ross

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