Crazy (stupid?) photo of a skateboarder jumping over New York City subway tracks stirs controversy
posted Friday, March 22, 2013 at 5:55 PM EDT
This photo of a skateboarding daredevil pulling an "Ollie" jump across the tracks of a New York City subway line has garnered a variety of reactions on the Internet in the last week. But one thing now seems clear: it's not a fake photo.
"I knew I was facing where the train was going to come from," Allen Ying, the photographer who captured the shot, told the Daily Intelligencer. "There weren't a lot of tries."
The skateboarder who performed the stunt goes by the handle Koki, and you can see him preparing for the shot in these behind-the-scenes photos. The stunt took place in January at the 145th Street subway station from 4 a.m. to 5 a.m. in the morning, and Ying shot the picture from a position on the subway tracks. (Yeah, that's pretty crazy-stupid too.)
The image will appear in an upcoming edition of 43 Magazine, which is also having a photography show to help launch the issue.
We think it goes without saying: Do not attempt to duplicate this photo yourself. We suggest using Photoshop instead.
(Via PDNPulse, Daily Intelligencer, and Gothamist)