You’ve probably seen a photo of the massive statue of Christ the Redeemer located in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and you may have even thought you’d like to pay a visit to the site one day, but you probably never seriously considered making your way to the top of the hundred and thirty foot tall statue to take a selfie.
The madman in this photo is Lee Thompson, photographer and co-founder of the Flash Pack, who was in Rio covering the World Cup when he was given special permission by the Brazilian tourism board to snap the pic of a lifetime atop the iconic statue.
Here's how Lee was able to capture this amazing image:
With the assistance of two high-wire workmen, (and armed with Go Pro cameras) we entered through scaffolding mounted on the feet and crawled in circles up 12 flights of rickety stairs that seemed to get narrower with every step.
Twenty minutes into the climb I reached the heart of the Christ made from beautiful Mosaics. After what felt like an eternity of pressing heat and pitch darkness, we finally reached the small compartment in Christ's shoulder. I grabbed the rope and pulled myself along the smooth soapstone up into the head of the statue where we carefully opened the hatch. My heart was pounding with excitement and I couldn't wait another second.