Lee Thompson, a photographer and co-founder of The Flash Pack, just had the experience of a lifetime in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Thompson was given special permission to climb the Christ the Redeemer statue to see what the world looked like from the top. And to take a selfie, of course!
Armed with a few GoPro cameras, the journey began by entering scaffolding on the statue’s feet, then crawling a dizzying 12 flights up to the Christ’s shoulder.
To some, taking pictures of yourself is considered vain, but this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity taught me that the selfie is a powerful medium through which we can share our perspectives, inspirations and personal stories with the world at large. It’s not about funny mugshots with scenic backdrops or daredevil stunts. It’s a way to mark the moment and say, “I was here”.
But Thompson isn’t the first to capture the thrilling view from the top of Brazil’s icon.
Back in 1999, Felix Baumgartner performed the world’s lowest base jump from Christ’s right arm. The only difference? Baumgartner didn’t crawl to the top from inside the statue — he hauled himself up onto the arm with a rope.