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sábado, 16 de mayo de 2015

Cosplayers en rascacielos. Proyecto fotográfico de Benjamin Von Wong

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Ya en un anterior trabajo de Benjamin Von Wong comentado en este blog se evidenciaba el grado de observación del fotógrafo por ciertos aspectos que atañen a la forma de contemplar y ensoñar nuestro físico, nuestra característica animalidad humana, con respecto a cánones biológicos y culturales que apuntan al deseo de poseer capacidades extraordinarias y un físico llamativo que lo sugiera. Vencer la barreras de nuestras limitaciones físicas significa vencer las barreras físicas de nuestro entorno y dominar el biotopo. Como éste ha sido transformado paulatinamente en un espacio de construcciones humanas y topografía artificial, el dios y el héroe mitológico clásico, que domina los cielos, las montañas, los mares o el viento, pasa a mostrasrse, en su versión superheroica surgida del cómic americano, en una criatura que se muestra físicamente libre al dominar las atalayas de su entorno natural: las cornisas de los rascacielos y sus azoteas.
Von Wong se sirve de pértigas extensibles para elevar la cámara sobre las vertiginosas vistas a las que somete a sus modelos, osados cosplayers luciendo orgullosos los disfraces de sus superhéroes favoritos.


Benjamin Von Wong

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Cosplayers On Skyscrapers!
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 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…

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superhero-skyscraper-photography 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.”
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superhero-skyscraper-photography Watch the fantastic behind the scenes video below.
(The Escapist and PetaPixel)

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