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Daredevil Poses for Vertigo-Inducing Pics While Hanging From Great Heights

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“Skywalking” is a photo fad that gained quite a bit of publicity last year, and many of the crazy images were created by thrill-seekers in and around Russia.

A Ukranian daredevil who goes by Mustang Wanted is taking the concept one step further: rather than simply climbing to high locations and photographing his feet on the edge, the 26-year-old man poses for portraits while hanging off edges by his arms and by his legs. The concept could be described as, “skyhanging.”

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Sometimes described as a “real life Spiderman,” Mustang Wanted started out as a legal advisor before deciding to pose for death-defying photos in an effort to become a professional stuntman. His photos are shot from things such as tall buildings, cranes, and bridges.

He began gaining popularity online after posting his photographs and videos to his website. They quickly found their way across the world and across the Web.

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Here are a couple of behind-the-scene photos showing how the images are made:

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As you can see, there’s no trickery… and no safety mechanisms. Needless to say, you probably shouldn’t try this at home… or anywhere else on Earth, for that matter.

You can find more of Mustang Wanted’s photographs over in the gallery on his website.

Photos by Mustang Wanted (via Photoblog.hk)


Image credits: Photographs by Mustang Wanted and used with permission


 
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  • http://www.facebook.com/banan.tarr Banan Tarr

    This is intense, but I’m not sure sharing it around is the responsible thing to do :)

  • Ray!!!

    the photos made my palms sweat

  • http://www.facebook.com/angel.gasperini.12 Angel Gasperini

    wow that takes cojones

  • Ryan

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emil.chalhoub Emil Chalhoub

    I was just expecting a cliffhanger at the end of the article. Oh wait…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1312995208 Christian DeBaun

    I can’t stand heights, and this series is a real punch in the guts. Nice work, and please stay safe out there.

  • tyrohne

    Darwin has already postulated about how this story (probably) ends….

  • Chris

    Amazing clarity in how the principles described by Charles Darwin a century and a half ago are so universally applied.

  • DafOwen

    Same – even though I’m an (ex) rock climber and skydiver.

  • http://twitter.com/theStevenAlan Steven Alan

    yeah, sharing it is the irresponsible part…

  • briphoto

    one slip is all it will take

  • lol

    Yeah ok…

  • http://twitter.com/KevinWHickey Kevin Hickey

    Ex rock climber here…. This is dumb*ss behavior for photos that are nothing more than sensationalism.

  • Liam

    Uhh… he’s alive, so…?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.maniago Jonathan Maniago

    I’d like to criticize the practice, but I find myself unable to criticize the output. The images have a lot of impact.

  • dudung10

    WTF bro?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Duncan/1111692326 Joey Duncan

    I love how a lot of you act like this guy is being a complete idiot, and being irresponsible He’s not, it seems scary to you, because YOU wouldn’t do it. I’m willing to bet it’s a hell of a lot easier then say free climbing El Captain. This isn’t that bad, and it doesn’t matter if it’s 20 feet or 2000 feet, futhermore it’s more dangerous than countless other sports or hobbies, which of most “one small slip is all it takes” applies.

  • Hadaway

    I was planning on doing the same thing, but then I remembered there’s such a thing as photoshop.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chaia.scruggs Chaia Marshall

    i’m surprised no one mentioned photoshop. haha.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chaia.scruggs Chaia Marshall

    me too! i got nervous.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Duncan/1111692326 Joey Duncan

    And before you try to jump on me in a means that has nothing to do with what I said…. I’m not saying it’s not scary, or that he’s crazy for doing it. But when you have the mindset to say free climb mountains without fear this isn’t much different. There are plenty of people out there who are doing it, and they aren’t dumb or irresponsible for it.

  • http://twitter.com/JoeCampanella Joseph Campanella

    The guy is a moron. When he falls I hope he doesn’t hurt or kill anyone below.

  • http://www.facebook.com/banan.tarr Banan Tarr

    Yes, because only one thing can be irresponsible at a time…

  • eeeeee

    moron….

  • Momsmen

    and the next few dead kids who try this are on you petapixel….

  • http://www.facebook.com/jared.monkman.5 Jared Monkman

    and gravity

  • Alan Dove

    The next trend in this progression will, of course, be “skyfalling.”

  • plants_birds_rocks_n_things

    After seeing these, my feet are quivering.
    What’s that mean?

  • TSY87

    his youtube videos are just as, if not more, intense. Just search, he goes by the same youtube handle.

  • Hadaway

    lol no doubt

  • SpaceMan

    Jealous much?

  • http://photokaz.com/ Mike

    Apparently you don’t understand how evolution works.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    There’s one photo where the cameraman looks like s/he’s close to accidentally stepping on the climber’s hand. Can you imagine the guilt if it occured?

  • http://www.facebook.com/dewi.morgan1 Dewi Morgan

    The man has gone completely around the bend, in fact stark raving bonkers . One slip and thats it he’s mince meat !

  • Jay

    Only in Russia/Ukraine?!

  • Lena

    If he loves doing it, then cool! Just as long as he doesn’t hurt anyone in the process. These photos look great!

  • guest

    He has balls [or lack of them] for doing this stuff but I sure hope he doesn’t land on someone when, not if, he falls.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Dawkins/100002207329301 Jim Dawkins

    Should we write his obituary now or later.

  • Vlad

    That’s the funniest thing I heard all day

  • rj

    the photos made my balls shrink

  • omnichronos

    Fool avoids falling to his death THIS time.

  • LimyCenter

    I would prefer he not do those things

  • darious

    …natural selection

  • climb

    it means you find him attractive

  • Данила Володарский

    Except on the contrary, I am willing to bet he is reproductively successful.

  • tyrohne

    Success in reproduction has nothing to do with natural selection, Daniel, my good friend.

  • nullhogarth

    Publicizing this behavior is going to lead to people dying. Thanks, Petapixel.

  • http://twitter.com/drnorth drnorth

    Yes it does. If he’s already reproduced, he’s passed on his genes, and it doesn’t matter to evolution whether he subsequently dies plummeting from a pylon to the pavement.

  • http://www.richardsnotes.org Richard

    I too am an ex rock climber and there are plenty of climbers who pose for hero shots as well. How does this differ from free soloing the NW face of Half Dome?

  • http://www.richardsnotes.org Richard

    You have a point but just a quick edit, it’s free soloing El Cap, not free climbing. Free climbing involves ropes, free soloing is what you’re talking about (I think).