Last Halloween, I was standing atop a skyscraper in NYC at a private party for members of the photography media and industry professional who were attending PhotoPlus Expo. I had taken a moment to get away from the crowd and just enjoy the breathtaking view in front of me, when all of a sudden I saw Benjamin Von Wong walking towards me. Ben and I ended up chatting for about ten minutes about photography, life, and the view before us. In the middle of our conversation, Ben said to me that the rooftop we were standing on was not high enough for him. I don’t remember the exact words, but he said something along the lines of climbing as high as he could, looking out and taking in life to the fullest, at the highest point he could find in the cities and places he visits.
Only a few months later, Ben turned his love of being on top of the highest skyscraper in town into a creative photo shoot that transformed some of the employees at Smugmug into superheroes. Check out the video below for a behind the scenes look into what is probably my favorite Von Wong project to date.
“When do you actually get to see the everyday person get to be a superhero? It’s a reminder that all of us, you and I, have it within ourselves to be whoever we want to be.” -Benjamin Von Wong
As usual, I’m blown away by Ben’s work! With any of Ben’s projects, there was a lot of teamwork that went into making this project successful. To achieve the over the head images, Ben attached a Nikon D800E with a Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 to a heavy duty, triple riser boom stand. The results are amazing, and honestly, I think we can all relate to the these images because who hasn’t dreamed of being a superhero overlooking our city at one point in time!
You can check out more about this project over on Von Wong’s blog.
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