Picture this: Tightrope walking hundreds of feet above an infinitely deep chasm; shoving a wide-angle lens into a lion’s face on the Serengeti; marching into battle alongside men with machine guns when you’ve got only a camera for protection. These are just a few of the scenarios that depict a day-in-the-life of a ‘skywalker.’
As if extreme sports weren’t enough, the newest brand of daredevil antics, extreme photography, or ‘skywalking,’ is the term widely used overseas to describe the outrageous scenarios that some photographers will throw themselves into for a chance to capture great a great shot. Scaling the scariest or steepest of statures, Skywalkers get a kick out of risking everything for remarkably unique views of the world in which we live. What’s more: they do this without the use of a harness or any safety equipment, literally risking life and limb in the name of photography.
The trend is all the rage in Russia, where it first began, and is garnering more and more attention around the world. However, since most of the sites are typically off-limits to the public, it’s a trend that will be less than likely to catch on in America anytime soon. Yet we still warn: keep an eye-out for fearless photographers who manage to make the Hollywood paparazzi seem tame, if not dull.
To understand why the risk is worth the reward, we leave you with images captured by two of the most notable aerialist Skywalkers, Vitaly Roskalov and Vadim Mahorov, whose Livejournal blog pages are chock full of dizzying, yet awe-inspiring, photos.
Here are a few of our favorites:
In early 2012, Vitaly Raskalov and friends climbed the bridge on Russkiy Island and filmed their Skywalking adventure around 1000 feet in the air. Courtesy of WheatCityMag.com.
Vadim Maharov is another audacious artist known for in posing in precarious places. At 853 feet (260 meters) in the air and no harness in sight, Maharov looks gravity dead in the face while atop a radio tower in Yekaterinberg, Russia.