Skywalking: A Dangerous New Photo Fad Popular Among Russian Teens

If you’re afraid of heights you may want to look away, and you should certainly never make friends with these daredevil photographers from Russia. We here in the U.S. have memes, young Russian photographers, it seems, have “skywalking”: the newest extremely dangerous photography fad to hit the Internet.

Skywalking basically involves a photographer making his way up to a death-defying height, and snapping a photo that’s meant to give you both a perspective you’ve never seen before, and that feeling like your stomach just made its way into your throat. Many of the photographers are in their teens, and unfortunately, with no sign of safety equipment anywhere in these photos, someone is gonna get hurt.

And you thought running with scissors was dangerous.

Here’s the photograph that resulted from the video above, captured by Russian teen photographer Marat Dupri:

Be sure to check out Russian photographer Vadim Mahorov’s photoblog for more of these vertigo-inducing photographs.

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Image credits: Photographs by Vadim Mahorov and Marat Dupri

  • WilkinsNannie75

    my co-worker’s sister got paid $21912 the previous week. she gets paid on the internet and got a $416800 house. All she did was get fortunate and put into action the steps given on this link===>> ⇛⇛⇛⇛►

  • Ken Gray

    By coincidence I have just found one of the images on 500px

  • err..

    This is basically just natural selection. The gene pool needs a bit of chlorine every so often.. still, cool photos.. 

  • hamedtohidi

    Very nice!!

  • Max Clarke

    They’ll be getting a rush from doing it. There is no better reason to do ANYTHING than because it excites you. You’re born, you live, then you die. What’s the point in the middle bit if you don’t do the things you enjoy.. 
    I do plenty of free-solo rock climbing that could kill me, but if I didn’t, I’d be bored. I don’t want to live or die bored, what’s the point?

  • Matthew Everett

    I know it has been two months, but on the off chance that you’d still like to see more, they refer to them as PhotoExtreme (Фотоэкстрим in Russian).

    It’s apparently a game where a theme is set and then the best representation of the theme wins. One of the themes just happened to be cheating wives.

    More can be found here:

  • Charles Hogge

    They say people are only afraid of heights because they fear that they might jump.

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  • darkerThanBlue

    You’ve never seen a free-climber? Same thing, without the camera.

  • smartguy

    what if i told you we’re in 2012 and you shouldnt be freeclimbing at work. theyre is harnesses and giant machines now.

  • Imperium Aeternus

    They must want to win the Darwin awards really badly!

  • TheJorgeDude

    *There are

  • accowling

    They are*

  • Swade

    No… there are. Really?

  • Thai Pham

    darwin’s theory at work…Free solo climbing makes this look like child’s play. There are plenty of holds and things to climb up a mad man made structure. Try something more organic

  • alina

    This looks awesome! You 300 lb Americans sneering behind your computer screens would never have the guts. Land of the Fat and home of the Cowards is more like it.

  • rudeboi

    I almost squirmed right outta my chair.