Then and Now: Roller Coaster Steelworkers at Alton Towers Recreate ‘Lunch Atop a Skyscraper’

Save for a few differences, this modern recreation of an iconic photograph is almost spot-on!

Lunch Atop a Skyscraper by Charles Ebbets. Photo via Wikipedia

We’ve all seen and admired the iconic photograph *_Lunch Atop a Skyscraper_* by American photographer Charles Ebbets. Depicting 11 workers bravely having their break while sitting on a girder that’s hanging hundreds of feet in the air, it’s certainly one of those snapshots that only a few men can and would dare copy at any given point in time. Case in point, these two recreations that we’ve stumbled upon on Google, taken in Perth, Australia and London, United Kingdom, respectively:

Photos via Joe.ie and The Daily Mail.

However, we’d have to say that the closest attempt that we’ve seen so far would have to be this one by 10 steelworkers of The Smiler rollercoaster at the UK’s Alton Towers Resort. Two differences that one can easily spot are that it wasn’t taken on a girder hanging hundreds of feet in the air, and that the group in the picture lack one member and were wearing harnesses! Those aside, though, it was also taken in black and white, and their poses and the clothes they’re wearing were strikingly similar to the original!

Photo via Alton Towers

According to Alton Tower’s Facebook page, this feat was done “to celebrate their hard work and to mark the completion of The Smiler.” The Smiler, by the way, opened in May last year and currently holds the world record for having the most track inversions on any roller coaster at 14.

All information in this article were sourced from Gizmodo, Alton Towers on Facebook, and Wikipedia via Petapixel.

You might also want to check out these related articles on the Lomography magazine:

*Influential Photographs: Lunch atop a Skyscraper, 1932 by Charles Ebbets*

*'Men at Lunch' Documentary Tells Story Behind 'Lunch atop a Skyscraper'*

written by chooolss on 2014-03-27 in #lifestyle

More Interesting Articles

  • December 19th Advent Offer: Save 10% On Film Today! (Online Code: FILMFANTASY10)

    written by jacobs on 2014-12-19 in #news
    December 19th Advent Offer: Save 10% On Film Today! (Online Code: FILMFANTASY10)

    Can you ever have enough film for your treasured cameras? Are you going to take a ton of awesome analogue photos this holiday season? If the answer is yes (and we know it is), then now is your last chance to save on our super selection of analogue films!

  • Then and Now: Famous Photos Reimagined as Selfies

    written by cheeo on 2014-06-05 in #lifestyle
    Then and Now: Famous Photos Reimagined as Selfies

    Iconic photos from the past are hard to pass by. They just have this certain look and feel to them that made them memorable but an ad campaign for a newspaper in Cape Town, South Africa put a modern twist on some of them. Here’s a clue – selfies.

  • Childhood and modern vices merged in a humorous and vintage-y photo series

    written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-03-18 in #lifestyle
    Childhood and modern vices merged in a humorous and vintage-y photo series

    A Los Angeles-based photographer combined childhood, punishments, modern vices, and an old photographic process for a unique take on juxtaposing the past and the present. Read on to find out more and take a peek at the witty photo series that we're sure you'll find interesting and impressive!

  • Shop News

    A Very Special Portrait Lens

    A Very Special Portrait Lens

    Photos shot with a New Petzval lens are immediately recognizable for their super-sharp focus areas and wonderful swirly bokeh effect. Each New Petzval lens is crafted from brass (just like the original Petzval lens) and features premium glass optics. Together with Lomography, the lenses have been designed and constructed by a team of optics specialists at the Zenit factory in Russia. Zenit are master lens manufacturers and have the skill to build the Petzval lens for use with today’s SLR cameras.

  • Sprocket Rocket Workshop at The London Analogue Festival

    written by dribri on 2014-08-29 in #events
    Sprocket Rocket Workshop at The London Analogue Festival

    The London Analogue Festival celebrates everything analogue, from music art, film and of course photography too! This year’s festival takes place at the OXO Tower in London from September 12 to 14. Lomography will be hosting a special Sprocket Rocket Workshop on Saturday, September 13. It’s completely free to attend but booking in advance is advised. Read on for details.

  • Then and Now: Halley Docherty juxtaposes classic paintings with modern street views

    written by chooolss on 2014-04-24 in #lifestyle
    Then and Now: Halley Docherty juxtaposes classic paintings with modern street views

    Not too long ago, if you will recall, we featured a series of photographs featuring classic album covers superimposed on their respective modern-day Google Street Views by The Guardian. Now, it appears that the folks at the British daily is at it again, with artist Halley Docherty making mash-ups of classic paintings depicting cities in Europe, North America, and Asia and their Google Street View screenshots!

  • Lomography Day Trips: Ubud, Bali (Part 1)

    written by adi_totp on 2014-09-02 in #world #locations
    Lomography Day Trips: Ubud, Bali (Part 1)

    Aside from the fact that Ubud is a must-visit tourist spot in Bali, it is also the perfect place to relax and get inspired. There, you’ll see and feel something different. Staying there for a month in 2012 made me discover good places to visit. If ever you'll be in Bali for a holiday, don't forget to visit Ubud. Now, I shall take you on a quick visit to this town!

    4
  • Shop News

    (Re)discover Photography with the Stenoflex Mini Labo

    (Re)discover Photography with the Stenoflex Mini Labo

    Stenoflex lets you reproduce the single steps of black and white photography, from taking photos to printing. It is a simple box pierced with a tiny pinhole to allow light to enter. Put a sheet of photosensitive paper (included) inside the darkroom and expose it to your subject.

  • LCA Birthday Party in Soho!

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-06-03 in #events
    LCA Birthday Party in Soho!

    We almost can’t believe it ourselves but the LC-A is turning 30 years old this month! Join us in the Lomography Gallery Store Soho on Friday 13th June for an afternoon of treats, drinks and snaps. We have a lot on offer so read on…

  • Celebrate Black Friday with 30 Beautiful Black & White Photos from the LC-A+

    written by jacobs on 2014-11-27 in #lifestyle
    Celebrate Black Friday with 30 Beautiful Black & White Photos from the LC-A+

    Do you know the best way to celebrate the biggest shopping day of the year? Stay at home and marvel at these gorgeous black and white photos from the legendary LC-A+! There's no reason to stand in line for hours either, when you can get incredible deals here at Lomography without ever leaving the comfort and warmth of your own home. Check out these radiant shots from the LC-A+ and then head over to the Online Shop to save a fantastic 30% on this incredible camera and more!

  • Fresh from the LomoLab: My Summer at a Campsite

    written by sirio174 on 2014-09-23 in #lifestyle
    Fresh from the LomoLab: My Summer at a Campsite

    I prefer being outdoors whenever I go on a vacation at the seaside. For this reason, I always choose to stay at a campsite instead of a hotel. This year, I stayed at a beautiful one in the south of Italy. Here is a series of photos which I received a few days ago from the excellent LomoLab service, taken with my Sprocket Rocket. Have a look after the jump!

    2
  • Shop News

    Zap up your Diana F+ with a Crisp Glass Lens!

    Zap up your Diana F+ with a Crisp Glass Lens!

    Thought you can’t get sharp photos with the Diana F+? Think again! With the Diana+ 75mm Premium Glass Lens, you can shoot crisp and clear images with the signature dreamy appeal of the Diana. With our Adaptors you can even make it work on your Nikon & Canon dSLR!

  • UK Workshops and Events: August

    written by hannah_brown on 2014-07-20 in #events
    UK Workshops and Events: August

    The sun is shining and we are in the mood for some fun! If you're planning a trip to London this coming month, then why not book yourself for one of our special market workshops? We'll be heading off to Brick Lane, Portobello Rd and the Columbia Flower Market to shoot all the sights on film. If you’re visiting London and staying in a hostel, just present proof of your booking and get to join a workshop for free! Book your space now.

    1
  • An Interview with Brazilian Photographer Letícia Godoy

    written by jillytanrad on 2014-04-05 in #people #lomoamigos
    An Interview with  Brazilian Photographer Letícia Godoy

    Letícia Godoy is a photographer based in São Paulo, Brazil. As one of supporters on Kickstarter, she now enjoys using the new Petzval Lens for her work. After sharing some shots that she took with the Petzval lens, she graciously granted our request for an interview, and gladly answered our questions. Read on to learn about Letícia Godoy and her experience with the Lomography x Zenit new Petzval Lens.

  • Aaron Rose's Vintage Photographs of Sunbathers and Swimmers at Coney Island on Exhibit in NYC

    written by chooolss on 2014-06-15 in #news
    Aaron Rose's Vintage Photographs of Sunbathers and Swimmers at Coney Island on Exhibit in NYC

    For the first time ever, this collection of photographs by Aaron Rose is currently on exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York until August 3, 2014. Won't be at the Big Apple during this time? Don't worry, we've got you covered; get a preview of it right after the jump!