Daring photographer

January 11, 2007 | By Ross McLain | Creative

This is funny (from a forwarded email):

This is a case of photographer photographs photographer.  The following photographs were taken by photographer Hans van de Vorst at the Grand Canyon, Arizona .  The descriptions are his own.  The identity of the photographer IN the photos is unknown.

I was simply stunned seeing this guy standing on this solitary rock IN the Grand Canyon.
The canyon’s depth is 900 meters here. The rock on the right is next to the canyon and safe.

Watching this guy on his thong sandals, with a camera and a tripod I asked myself 3 questions:

1. How did he climb that rock?
2. Why not tak
e that sunset picture on that rock to the right, which is perfectly safe?
3. How will he get back?

This is the point of no return.

After the sun set behind the canyon’s horizon he packed his things (having only one hand available)
and prepared himself for the jump. This took about 2 minutes.
At that point he had the full attention of the crowd.

After that, he jumped on his thong sandals…
The canyon’s depth is 900 meters here.

Now you can see that the adjacent rock is higher so he tried to land lower, which is quite steep
and tried to use his one hand to grab the rock.

We’ve come to the end of this little story. Look carefully at the photographer.
He has a camera, a tripod and also a plastic bag, all on his shoulder or in his left hand.
Only his right hand is available to grab the rock and the weight of his stuff is a problem.

He lands low on his flip flops and both his right hand and right foot slip away…
At that moment I take this shot.

He pushes his body against the rock.
He waits for a few seconds, throws his stuff on the rock, climbs and walks away.

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  • Meggie

    Just looking at these pictures and reading the story made my hands sweat!

  • Vince Bannon

    Yes I was on that very rock and can’t believe that someone photographed me jumping about. Can you get the name of that photographer, I want to get paid!

  • http://alicepaynephotography.com Alice Payne

    I’ve always said that I would stand in the path of an oncoming grizzilie to get a shot! But I would never do what that young man did. One very courageous person! Glad someone had a camera. I would never have believed someone would do that.

  • therese eisma

    i must have one of those sturdy flip-flops! somebody should create a shrine for the inventor of photoshop…i am so not worthy! ;D

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