London sprawling: Daredevil rooftopper captures London from a whole new angle

A daredevil photographer is determined to capture London in a whole new light – by scaling the city’s many rooftops.

Jacob looking out to the London skyline

Jacob looking out to the London skyline

Jacob Riglin, from Richmond Upon Thames, photographs the nation’s capital from above – hanging from scaffolding, dangling his legs over the edge of buildings and looking down from perilous heights.

Such images have gained the photographer, 20, an incredible fan base on Instagram, which has seen his follower count rise to more than 150,000.

London skyline

London skyline

He said: “I had always been interested climbing and getting that adrenaline rush from feeling on top of the world.

“Going to The Shard or paying for a helicopter ride just didn’t give me the freedom and style of photo I was looking for and that’s when I turned to rooftopping.

“I met up with a rooftopper and we climbed the Lloyds Building in the City of London – it’s safe to say that after that first climb I was hooked.”

Jacob looking out to the London skyline

Jacob looking out to the London skyline

Some of Jacob’s favourite locations to shoot are Canary Wharf, the Barbican, Square Mile and places around Tower Bridge.

Though some rooftoppers opt not to use their real name, Jacob, a travel photographer, revealed he wants his identity to be associated with his images.

Jacob looking out to the London skyline

Jacob looking out to the London skyline

Having grown up in London, he said that he feels comfortable capturing the city, which also fills him with a great sense of pride.

Though he has included many of London’s landmarks in his previous photographs, he would like to find new ways to capture Piccadilly Circus, or perhaps take some more aerial views of the city.

Jacob looking out to the London skyline

Jacob looking out to the London skyline

The popularity of his photographs has seen him take his work to the likes of New York and across Europe.

He added: “The responses to my rooftopping images have been phenomenal.

The Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament

“Everyone loves being able to picture themselves there and having that feeling of adrenaline, so giving my viewers a way of doing that from the comfort of knowing their feet are on the ground is amazing.

“My London photos are especially popular and I think that is due to a lot of my following being global – people aspire to come to this great city.”