Crane Operator’s Stunning Aerial Photography Shot from the New Shanghai Tower, the Second Tallest Building in the World

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Perhaps the one thing that prevents many of us from experiencing spectacular views of the world is a fear of heights. Acrophobia arguably afflicts most of us in varying degrees. This may be also why there is such a fascination with extremely lofty perspectives. Wei Gensheng apparently is not one of those who fears heights. In fact, he is a crane operator on the Shanghai Tower, a structure that is being touted as the second tallest building in the world once finished, second only to the now famous Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which proclaimed itself as the “Tallest Building in the World” during its opening four year ago on January 4, 2010.

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Gensheng is one of those working the Shanghai Tower from its dizzying heights, and lucky for us, the fearless crane operator is also an amateur photographer.   Thanks to the combination of both occupations, we have his gorgeous views of Shanghai shot from 2,000 feet above the ground.

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Gengsheng captured the images last August during what seems like a lovely day for aerial photography.  The Shanghai tower recently attained its maximum height of 2,073 ft. making it officially the second tallest building in the world. Chinese architect Jun Xia leads the design team, with American architectural firm Gensler on top of the project.

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The tower takes the shape of nine cylindrical buildings on top of each other. Since the building has yet to be completed, Gensheng was certainly not one to pass-up the opportunity of such unhampered aerial views, captured not from an aircraft, but from a land based structure.

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The images are nothing short of stunning as they show China’s most populated city engulfed in clouds and with her skyscrapers proudly piercing through the mist. The photos certainly did not go unnoticed as they won Gensheng a silver medal from the 2013 Shanghai Photography Art Exhibition.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.