160 Foot Pole Takes Photos of Communities

Do you want a bird’s eye view of your neighborhood? How about a 160 foot high pole view of your community?

James Lingg is a photographer that has taken 3D photos from a high point with a 160 foot pole.

Honeygo Village in Perry Hall.

“The equirectangular photos we feature on our website and Facebook page are shots using a combination of special optics, real world mechanics and some digital manipulation after the fact. Many devices can take 360 spherical panoramas like these, including cell phones, drones and specialized cameras with multiple lenses,” Lingg told East BaltCo News.

“Not many have witnessed our unorthodox method for taking our popular photos.., and we like it that way. Part of the joy of the 160 foot pole is the way it captures the imagination.”

According to Lingg, he is an independent producer/editor and has worked in the TV/film profession for over 25 years. He taught at the Sheffield Institute and worked in lasers at Image Engineering, Inc.

“Like many out-of-work production pros, I was looking for a way to fill my free time, stay safe and socially distant, but Still keep active, connected and sane until work picks up again,” Lingg said.

“So, I started taking photos of the neighborhood, discovered just the right height to get the most compelling views- and then I learned how to stitch them together. I started publishing the photos on [Facebook] in September.”

A view of Essex from Kenwood High School

Lingg has place his photos on local neighborhood Facebook pages. He has taking photos all over eastern Baltimore County and beyond.

He started off in hometown of Dundalk photographing multiple communities in that area. He has also went out to Middle River, Parkville, Towson, Perry Hall and the Inner Harbor to take aerial footage of those communities.

“The response to the Facebook page has been overwhelmingly positive. Folks enjoy seeing local sites from a new perspective. The photos are fun to interact with… panning around and zooming, but intentionally lacking any rich detail so as to respect privacy,” Lingg explained.

“The focus of the photography is to highlight and celebrate the beauty of the community. Some folks have made special requests that the 160 Foot Pole go up in their neighborhood next.”

Fullerton Field in Overlea

One secret that Lingg wants to keep is the identity of the pole. He respectively declined a request to share a photo of his camera.

He did share that his photographs are classified as “elevated photograph” and wants to see how long he can hide his 160 foot pole camera from the community.

“We have not yet decided to publish any photographs of our mechanism at work. Honestly, the mystery is more fun. One day, someone will photograph us and the world will know,” Linng said with a smile.

For more information on 160 Foot Pole and to see more photos in paramonic view go to, www.facebook.com/160footpole