Skywalking: An Alarming New Photography Trend in Russia

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By now, anyone using the internet is has seen some photographs of people stiffly laying across some rather unorthodox objects. The trend, known as planking, spread like fire across countless meme sites and included photos of people planking from all walks of life. Russians are now taking the trend to the next level as they have recently started an alarming new fad called skywalking. Daring individuals are photographing themselves perched on the scariest locations, hundreds of feet in the air:

Russian teens risk their lives for daredevil photos

The 19 year old, Marat Dupri, who makes a habit of sky walking, had friends join him on a recent outing to record him work his way out on a steel beam high enough in the air to make my palms start sweating and my stomach churn just watching it.

With all the concern over individuals injuring themselves while planking, it’s no question that sky walking is going to be met by the public with similar worries.

Now there are many Russian photographers itching to get the birds eye view, another is Vadim Mahorov. Take a deep breath and check out some of these shots:

photographer on top of statueedge of a building in winterphotographer on top of a bridgeon a craneskywalking in the cityphotographers on a radio towerlooking down a radio towerskywalking in russiaskywalkingcapturing the city from rooftop

I like to think of myself as an adventurous and daring person, but I think this may be one photography project I’ll leave to someone else! The images, however, are pretty incredible.

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23 Comments

  1. Pictures to prints says:

    O my goodness, these pictures made amy legs go funny!!! You are so brave!

  2. Lars Hansen says:

    I’m not sure why this is alarming… people have always looked for new forms of excitement.

    If these people are willing to risk their lives, doing suck mundane crap… then the human gene-pool is probably better off with-out them.

    They should go get some useful excitement… like helping the relief worker in war zones, or guarding endangered species from poachers.

  3. Steve Winget says:

    Apparently the excess excitement caused you to put an unnecessary apostrophe in ” Russians”.

  4. May says:

    Makes me sick in the stomach just looking at the photos!

  5. Ronald says:

    Scary just looking at the photos specially in my case height phobia too dangerous good luck

  6. For myself, I don’t believe in being so risky. Safety measures should be taken if one wants to take images like these. If not, I pray you are being watched by angels. Good luck.

  7. Stephen L. says:

    Dear God in Heaven….these young people must be out of their mind. A strong gust of wind just might sent them to their death. God be with them all….

  8. Dave Cearley says:

    http://youtu.be/a411J1PoD5g

    i saw this a few years ago. I’ve hired guys to do his, but never climbed. A little scarier than the Russian teens, though these guys use safety harnesses (mostly)

  9. Alex Myrhorodsky says:

    There is nothing alarming here. Good work and keep it up.

  10. Jim says:

    Amazing photos-but I agree, the photographers should be taking greater safety measures.

  11. Mary says:

    You could still get these amazing shots put be harnessed and roped in. Idiots

  12. Elysplanet says:

    Wow! This is just scary but worth a try! Even just once during my entire lifetime!

  13. Sheila says:

    I really hope they bring some ‘spare lifes’ with them everytime they ‘sky-walking’… You know…, “Just in Case”…! Nevertheless, they really are ‘breath-taking’ pictures.

  14. Howard Grill says:

    This is not only in Russia but in North America too. I have seen images just like this from Canada and the US where it goes by another name that I can’t recall just now.

  15. Xavier says:

    This is alarming and disturbing!!!

  16. Rikki says:

    Oh my goodness! My hands were sweating throughout the video!

  17. Vicki says:

    Wow! Amazing images. Taking shots like this from amazing heights takes a lot of guts and just a little bit of insanity. I’m constantly getting yelled at for getting too close to the edge of a cliff, hanging over a balcony etc. I don’t think I could do what these kids are doing, though! Makes your heart jump into your throat at the thought.

  18. chris says:

    only broke people with no families do these things. They have nothing to lose. You really think millionaires with 3 kids and a loving wife at home are skywalking? You are all LOSERS

  19. john says:

    Lol a millionaire with a loving wife… No such thing.

  20. Jen says:

    How dare anyone call me a loser just because I have three children and a million dollars.

  21. gLOW-x says:

    I don’t care about ppl on the pictures, but the pictures are nice.
    As i don’t care about ppl on them, they could have taken them with harnesses…

    Climbing with harnesses is a good thing to me, because when you know what you are doing, you take minimal risk.
    But in those situations, it is just useless risks.

    That’s more a kind of self destruction, like tobacco, alcohol,drugs in general…but faster.
    They are just as stupid than Jackass, even if they take pictures.

    Nonsense risks doesn’t make you stronger, just more stupid…or dead.

  22. Awesome photos!! Thanks for sharing

  23. maryyugo says:

    Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out.

    ” Wednsday night, five teenagers fell to their death in the Chernobyl exclusion zone while attempting to take “Skywalking” photographs. A sudden gust of wind swept them off their incredibly unstable perches and all the teens died without even getting their 15 femtoseconds of precious Internet fame. ”

    http://www.chronicle.su/entertainment/russian-skywalking-trend-turns-deadly/

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