12/02/2007

HOW DESPERATE DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO GET THE RIGHT SHOT?


I don't think anything could make me this desperate . . .It's downright scary!


This is a case of photographer photographing a photographer. The following photographs were taken by Hans Van De Vorst at the Grand Canyon. The descriptions are Hans' own. The identity of the subject photographer is unknown.

I was simply stunned seeing this guy standing on this solitary rock in the Grand Canyon. The Canyon's depth is 2,700 feet where the photograph was taken. The rock on the right is the edge of the Grand Canyon where all the normal people stand behind the established guard rail! Watching this guy in sandals, with a camera and a tripod I asked myself three questions:

1. How did he get onto the island rock in the first place?
2. Why not take the picture from that rock to the right, which is perfectly safe?
3. How is he going to get back?
After the sun set behind the canyon's horizon, he packed his things and prepared himself for the jump. This took about 2 minutes for him to make the jump.


He has a camera, tripod and a plastic bag, all on his shoulder or in his left hand. Only his right hand is free to grab the rock. He landed low on his jump and his right foot slipped away as I took the last picture. He waited for a few seconds, threw his stuff on top of the rock, climbed up and walked away.