Exhilarated by the height, Russian student Marat Dupri believes that the whole world is at his feet when he is on the roof. Source: Cater News/Legion Media
Russian student Marat Dupri, 19, bought a Canon camera 18 months ago and immediately decided to start taking shots of views. He began climbing onto the roofs of houses to capture spectacular scenes from the air, but quickly decided to go to even greater heights.
Along with some fearless friends who agreed to serve as models, he has sneaked past guards at some of Moscow's tallest structures to produce incredible yet stomach-churning images. These amazing photos show the teens walking in the sky, perched hundreds of feet in the air on pylons, or walking on the edge of a high building with no safety harnesses.
"When I am on the roof I have a feeling that the whole world is at my feet,” Dupri said. “All my problems and troubles are left somewhere down below. The height exhilarates me. It gives me energy and fills me with enthusiasm to make new and great shots.
"I had always been interested in photography and a couple of years ago, I bought my first proper camera,” Dupri explained.
"I wanted to try and get the most spectacular pictures I could - pictures like no one else had taken before. I began by taking pictures from my own roof, but soon I wanted to get bigger and better pictures, so I went with my friend to the top of a 33-story building. It was about 120 meters high and we went right out to the edge and I started taking pictures.
Dupri’s incredible photographs show several of his friends balancing on the very edge of beams hundreds of feet above the ground. They are not attached to any safety harnesses and could plummet to earth at any time.
"I've taken a lot of the photos by sneaking past guards and getting access to structures illegally. But I think the risks are worth it to take such amazing pictures," Dupri said.
One photo shows the teens scaling one of Russia's Stalin-era skyscrapers, known as the seven sisters, using a ladder to climb up the side of the building. Another shows one of Dupri’s friends perched on the side of a monument to Peter the Great, 700 feet in the air.
The teens even took photos on the top of the Moscow tower - one of the highest buildings in Europe.
"The building is 300 meters [980 feet] up in the air and it was really difficult to take photos because of the wind. I had to bend right over and just take a picture straight down,” Dupri said. "That was the most dangerous photo I have taken, it was pretty scary.”
But Dupri is willing to take any number of risks for his art.
"I've also taken pictures from a 270 meter [885 feet] high radio tower that was still in use. I got a huge adrenalin rush from taking the pictures, but I had a severe headache for several days after - I think it was from radiation. It was worth it to get such amazing photos, though."
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