In 2000, Vincent Laforet climbed to the top of the Empire State Building to shoot some maintenance workers fixing the iconic skyscraper’s antenna. When he reached the three-foot-wide crow’s nest at the peak, he turned around, lay down on his stomach, hooked his shoes into the gap near the needle because he wasn’t wearing a harness, held his breath and captured this image:
As if vertigo alone doesn’t set in by just looking at the shot, judging by Laforet’s description on his blog years later, the conditions were no walk through Central Park, either:
“When people hear this story… they call me crazy. The real scary part about the walk up was that there were 14 million watts of radio/TV waves coming from the top of the Empire State Building—you’re not supposed to stand up too long, or you may never have kids… My pager was going off non-stop… And then it was windy—and I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that the tower sways when it’s windy… just to add to the fun.”
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