In an effort to get the most illuminating images of Emirates Stadium as its impressive development continues, the Arsenal Club photographers have, at times, had to go above and beyond the call of duty.

On Thursday, February 3, David Price headed down to the new stadium site with a certain amount of trepidation in the knowledge that his next assignment was not for the faint hearted.

Undoubtedly one of the best views of the stadium build is witnessed every day by the drivers of the enormous tower cranes which have been used to manoeuvre roof trusses into place recently. David decided that he'd like to experience this vantage point in order to grab some unique images and, despite the jelly-legged prospect of having to climb 197 feet to the crane's main platform, enjoyed the experience.

"I've wanted to take some shots from the top of one of the cranes for some time now," he explained. "We have great photographic access within the stadium, as well as from the top of the adjacent high rise flats so luckily we've been able to document the stadium's development really comprehensively. But the crane gives a totally different perspective," continued David, who has been Stuart MacFarlane's assistant at Highbury for a shade over two years.

"As you can see, the pictures do give us a different view on the whole area and I particularly like the shot of the North Bridge where you can also see both the old and new stadiums."

As for the vantage point itself, the intrepid photographer admitted that it wasn't exactly the most relaxing of work environments. 

"Climbing up the 12 ladders to the main part of the crane wasn't too bad. But shuffling out onto the walkway at the top was a bit nerve-wracking," admits David. "Thankfully I don't suffer from vertigo but I have to admit I was holding onto the handrails very tightly. There's a 'crow's nest' at the very top of the crane, but there's no way you'd get me up there!"

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14 Feb 2005