When we are younger, we imagine ourselves as superheros flying from roof top to roof top fighting evil. Those brave ideas eventually fade and our imagination steps aside to make room for thoughts of a more practical life.
Photographer Benjamin Von Wong, wanted to remind us to never stop dreaming with a photo series aimed to capture the very essence of what it takes to be a superhero: fearlessness. Wong and his group of heroes were truly fearless as the entire photoshoot took place on the edge of a skyscraper overlooking a 1000 foot drop.
On his website, he writes:
“It’s a fantasy we’ve all had at some point. We imagine ourselves standing on the edge of a building, overlooking the city, hair blowing in the wind. As we get older, we stop dreaming. We stop believing that anything is possible because we’ve seen too much of what isn’t. And that is why I wanted to photograph ordinary people as superheroes?-?so that they could see themselves as they had once dreamed.”
Wong chose a group of ordinary people from SmugMug to face the most primal fear of heights. The group of “just dads, engineers and customer service people” brought their own costumes and agreed to be suspended from cables from atop the skyscraper.
“Seeing them challenge themselves and finding courage where they thought there was none was absolutely inspiring. It is not the lack of fear that makes a superhero a hero, but what they do in the face of fear that makes all the difference.”
Head after the break to see the amazing results…
Wong wanted to make sure the photos didn’t use any cheap special effects or green screens. Actual people faced their own fears to become superheroes.
“To get the vertigo-inducing angle we were looking for, we rigged a heavy-duty triple riser steel boom stand with a Nikon D800E equipped with a 14-24mm and controlled the camera wirelessly from the laptop using a nifty little device called the CamRanger.”
Watch the fantastic behind the scenes video below.