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The Project

Highrises are the iconic elements of American cities. Reaching radical new heights in technological advancement, skyscrapers fused Classical, Renaissance, and Gothic motifs onto steel and defined a new architectural language with Art Deco and International.

The Highrises project reveals hidden details of remarkable buildings, including many that are underappreciated. The images showcase structures that reflect the values and ideals animating the early 20th century. The stories provide historical context and deepen our understanding of their importance and value.

The Tech

A drone-mounted camera photographs the top of each Highrise from varying positions. Images are stitched together manually in Photoshop to create a high-res elevation scan with flattened perspective and enhanced lighting effects to accentuate depth and form. Creative and artistic liberties celebrate the unique character of each structure.

The Project

Highrises are the iconic elements of American cities. Reaching radical new heights in technological advancement, skyscrapers fused Classical, Renaissance, and Gothic motifs onto steel and defined a new architectural language with Art Deco and International.

The Highrises project reveals hidden details of remarkable buildings, including many that are underappreciated. The images showcase structures that reflect the values and ideals animating the early 20th century. The stories provide historical context and deepen our understanding of their importance and value.

The Tech

A drone-mounted camera photographs the top of each Highrise from varying positions. Images are stitched together manually in Photoshop to create a high-res elevation scan with flattened perspective and enhanced lighting effects to accentuate depth and form. Creative and artistic liberties celebrate the unique character of each structure.

Editing

Learn the Photoshop techniques Chris Hytha has developed over 10 years of experience creating complex layered architectural drawings and atmospheric fine art photography edits.

What's Included?
  • 5 quick tips videos to get you started with the basic tools of Photoshop
  • 2 full editing process videos with voiceovers by Chris Hytha (Highrises #05 and #10)
  • Access to a private Discord channel to ask questions and share creations
  • All raw data and final Photoshop files
Project Roadmap
April: Mid-Atlantic
June: Upstate New York
August: Northeast
September: West
November: Midwest
Chicago, Detroit, Columbus and more
    December: South
    Miami, Houston, Atlanta and more
      March 2023: NYC
        2023: The Book
        The Team
        Chris Hytha
        Lead artist and project founder
        Chris is a designer and visual artist with a passion for photography and a degree in architecture from Drexel University. His most recent NFT project, Rowhomes, captured the urban fabric of his native Philadelphia, which is also the starting point for Highrises.
        Mark Houser
        Writer and researcher
        Mark is a Pittsburgh expert on early highrises and author of MultiStories: 55 Antique Skyscrapers & the Business Tycoons Who Built Them. He speaks frequently on the topic and appears in the CuriosityStream documentary History by the Numbers: Skyscrapers.
        Cooper Sherwin
        Web3 community developer and project advisor
        Cooper is a Philadelphia business developer specializing in NFT strategy, crypto culture, and Discord design. He has led multiple projects to OpenSea's #1 trending position, most notably Rowhomes and LinksDAO, the world's greatest golf and leisure club.
        Andy Gallagher
        Software developer
        Andrew is a Philadelphia software engineer interested in creating beautiful interactions for the web and crypto. He is the technical co-founder of the web3 studio a⚡️c and a front-end developer for 1build, a startup backed by Y Combinator.
        Michael B. Stuart
        Software developer
        Michael is a photographer and web designer at Stu Stu Studio, a Lewiston, N.Y., business he runs with his wife, Nicole, a portrait specialist. He enjoys being an active artist and small-time collector in the NFT community.
        Nick Merutka
        Print designer
        Nick is a Brooklyn-based artist and designer in print and digital, and works at a creative group focusing on experiential design and brand growth. He was visual director and sound designer for his class exhibition at the 2018 Venice Biennale.
        F.A.Q.

        Who is the artist?

        Chris Hytha is a photographer and digital artist who first began offering his work as NFTs in July 2021. His Rowhomes project has surpassed 300E in trading volume on OpenSea, and Chris has more than 60,000 Instagram followers. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Drexel University, and recently became an FAA-certified drone pilot.

        How are the buildings selected?

        How are the stories collected?

        How have the images been altered?

        How many Highrises are there, and which buildings?

        What benefits do I get when I buy a Highrise NFT?

        Where can I connect with other Highrises fans and collectors?

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