This is a case of a photographer photographing another photographer. The following pictures were taken by Hans van de Vorst from the Netherlands at the Grand Canyon, Arizona . The descriptions are his own. The identity of the photographer in the photos is unknown. [img] "I was simply stunned seeing this guy standing on this solitary rock in the Grand Canyon." The canyon's depth is 900 meters here. The rock on the right is next to the canyon and safe. "Watching this guy wearing flip flop sandals, with a camera and a tripod I asked myself 3 questions: 1. How did he climb that rock? 2. Why not take that sunset picture from that rock to the right, which is perfectly safe? 3. How will he get back? After the sun set behind the canyon's horizon he packed his things (having only one hand available) and prepared himself for the jump. This took about 2 minutes. At that point he had the full attention of the crowd." [img] This is the point of no return. After that, he jumped in his flip flops... The canyon's depth is 900 meters (3,000 feet) here. [img] Now you can see that the adjacent rock is higher so he tried to land lower, which is quite steep and tried to use his one hand to grab the rock. [img] "We've come to the end of this story. Look carefully at the photographer. He has a camera, a tripod and also a plastic bag, all on his shoulder or in his left hand. Only his right hand is available to grab the rock and the weight of his stuff is a problem. He lands low on his flip flops, both his right hand and right foot slip away... At that moment I take this shot. He pushes his body against the rock. He waits for a few seconds, throws his stuff on the rock, climbs and walks away, presumably to a bathroom to change his shorts. I know I had to change mine and I was just watching." **As for my opinion...besides the common thought that the photographer had about changing his shorts watching this insane photographer - I've been there! I've seen this place! The guy had to be a lunatic!! This is one of those stunts that there is good cause of rescue teams starting to charge for costs of rescues - at the tax payers expense. However, it would have probably be frugal to try to collect from this one if it failed But another thought went through my head when I saw these pictures. Is this the way we appear to God? Putting a huge gap between us and Him. And, then trying to do stupid stuff to try to get back. Sometimes we get on the ledges of life and either freeze up and not attempt at all to get back to Him. Or we do something really stupid and put ourselves and others in danger thinking it's the only way out. When all He requires is "if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2Chronicles 7:14 Aren't you glad we don't have to leap canyons? Amen!
But another thought went through my head when I saw these pictures. Is this the way we appear to God? Putting a huge gap between us and Him. And, then trying to do stupid stuff to try to get back.
Sometimes we get on the ledges of life and either freeze up and not attempt at all to get back to Him. Or we do something really stupid and put ourselves and others in danger thinking it's the only way out.
How stupid I have been over the years... and even tho there appears to be safely done, now none have the safe taste of the consequences.
So very very accurately portrayed in these pictures and your statements...
WOW, this was a blessing to me 2g. It truly is a good portrait of how I am most times. Put that gap between me and God and then wonder why life is so hard when the consequence is slapping me in the face. hmm very beautiful thank you. I have to admit though I laughed when i first saw that. lol
God bless you.
Being an amateur photographer, who is not afraid of heights at all, I can tell you that he did it because he could and he wanted to take the picture from the viewpoint of the other rock.:wink:
Being a person who has put a gap full of sin between me and God, I can also tell you that to humble myself and seek God's face, was harder than jumping from one rock to the next even at 3000 feet.
I enjoyed this blog and of course you know I love photography. Thanks for the message here, a very needed one today.
My thoughts went in a slightly different direction. I watched on the news the other day, where two teen-agers had died, from taking one of the newer drugs. In showing little respect for life, they gambled, and lost. We are all guilty at times, I guess. One bad decision or gamble, and it could be over. Thanks for reminding me, God Bless, Billy