Skywalking – Russia’s Thrilling but Dangerous Photo Craze

Skywalking is the latest photography craze among Russian teens. The idea is to be able to find a really high building, climb to the very top and stand at its very edge, imagining you’re on the top of the world. Then, you take photographs from up there to post on the internet. The teens participating in this form of skywalking do so without any sort of safety equipment. Needless to say, they enjoy it very much.

19-year-old Marat Dupri is one such teenager who engages in skywalking. He risks his life quite casually, scaling sky-high buildings and capturing photographs of the world below. It was about 18 months ago that he purchased a camera and started to take pictures from his own roof. But soon, he was aiming for bigger and better ones. Accompanied by a friend, he scaled a 33-storey building to the very top going right to the very edge of the 120 m high structure. According to him, “It was such a thrill; we couldn’t wait to do it again.” And they didn’t. One of the shots shows the group of teenagers scaling one of Russia’s seven Soviet skyscrapers, using a ladder. In another one, his friend is perched at the side of a monument to Peter I, 215 m in the air. There are even photos from atop the Moscow tower, one of the highest buildings in Europe. Dupri and his friends say they’ve taken a lot of photos by sneaking past guards and getting access to structures illegally. He thinks the risks are definitely worth it to take such amazing pictures. “When I am on the roof I have a feeling that the whole world is at my feet. All my problems and troubles are left somewhere down. The height exilarates me. I am enjoying with my home town views. It gives me energy and fills with enthusiasm to make new and great shots,” he says.

Photo: Marat Dupri

No matter how exhillarating Dupri thinks skywalking is, it sure is exteremely dangerous. In fact, pictures should come with a sign warning kids not to try this at home. People with poor balance and a fear of heights are cautioned against trying this activity. Although, I doubt anyone with acrophobia would want to try skywalking anytime soon. Dupri himself admits that even though he gets a huge adrenalin rush from taking the pictures, he suffers from headaches for several days after. Having said that, the photographs really are quite spectacular to look at. I hope they manage to stay safe.

Photo: Marat Dupri

Photo: Marat Dupri

Photo: Marat Dupri

Photo: Marat Dupri

Photo: Marat Dupri

Photo: Marat Dupri

For more breathtaking photos visit Marat’s Livejournal blog.

via Gizmodo


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