Pictures of a
Fearless Photographer at The Grand Canyon-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: A series of pictures showing a
man taking photographs atop a steep rock at the Grand Canyon then
jumping from the rock to a nearby ledge when he is finished. The eRumor
says the photos are real and from a photographer named Hans Van de Vorst.
The Truth: The pictures are authentic,
but there is a little more to the story than the pictures show.
Hans Van de Vorst is a photographer from the Netherlands and
posted the photos on Flikr.com. Whoever started the eRumor used them
without permission and Van de Vorst has declined to let us post them. You can CLICK
HERE for that link.
It is a sequence of pictures that Van de Vorst took of a tourist at the
Grand Canyon who was standing on a small rock atop a column of rocks
with a camera on a tripod and taking pictures of a sunset. Nearby
in the picture is the edge of a cliff from which he apparently jumped
and to which he will need to once again jump when he's finished.
The pictures, and the narrative with the pictures, leave the impression
that the drop between the column of rocks and the cliff was 900 meters
(nearly 3,000 feet) to the bottom of the canyon. In reality,
however, there is shelf between them that is out of sight below what is
seen in the picture. If the tourist had missed the cliff, he would
have dropped to that shelf. It is still a death-defying act for
him, however, because the drop from the front or either side of the rock
is to the bottom of the canyon and even hitting the shelf safely is a
risk. Van de Vorst said that he did not intend to hide the
shelf. From where he was watching the tourist the shelf was not
visible and he did not know of it until a later time.
The daredevil has never been identified. Van de
Vorst says he has no idea who the guy is. Anybody
know who he is---and wants to admit it?