CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

THE BRAVE DANCER AND THE NAKED RUNNER

 

 

 

Dance teacher and model Agathe Petrini from Chamonix in France was captured by France-based adventure photographer Alex Buisse, 29. The five-hour shoot took place in the Brévent/Planpraz area of Aiguilles Rouge. Clockwise from top left, the adventurous dancer leaps across the mountain tops, does the splits against a cliff face, stretches into the abyss and balances gracefully off a mountain edge.

With one foot against the cliff, another stretching into the clouds and a graceful hand reaching into the abyss, this brave dancer cuts an astonishing figure as she poses thousands of feet above the ground.

The gravity defying stance is just one the many acrobatic moves thrown by the daredevil dancer in this breathtaking series of images.

Dance teacher and model Agathe Petrini hangs from cliffs, performs alpine acrobatics off walls and leaps high above the French Chamonix mountains in the high-altitude shots.

Dance teacher and model Agathe Petrini hangs from cliffs, performs alpine acrobatics off walls and leaps high above the French Chamonix mountains in a daring high-altitude photo shoot

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Dance teacher and model Agathe Petrini hangs from cliffs, performs alpine acrobatics off walls and leaps high above the French Chamonix mountains in a daring high-altitude photo shoot

The brave dancer appears to defy gravity as she hangs gracefully off a mountain, thousands of feet off the ground

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The brave dancer appears to defy gravity as she hangs gracefully off a mountain, thousands of feet off the ground

 

The French dancer managed to pull off some astonoishing moves in this breathtaking series of images

 

Athletic Agathe does the splits against a cliff face (left) and tries a daring handstand (right)

Adventure photographer Alex Buisse, 29, scaled the hills in the Brévent/Planpraz area of Aiguilles Rouges in the French Prealps to capture the dancer's graceful poses.

The shoot, which took place in August, took five hours to complete.

Athletic Agathe wears a harness to stretch and reach away from the cliff in some poses but in others she leaps across the rock without the use of any safety equipment.

Alex, who was amazed by Agathe's incredible feats, said: 'It seems people love seeing something that out of the ordinary.'

Athletic Agathe wears a harness to stretch and reach away from the cliff

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Athletic Agathe wears a harness to stretch and reach away from the cliff

Agathe performs leaps high above the French Chamonix mountains in the high-altitude shots

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Agathe performs leaps high above the French Chamonix mountains in the high-altitude shots

Adventure photographer Alex Buisse and dancer Agathe Petrini scaled the hills in the Brévent/Planpraz area of Aiguilles Rouges for the shoot

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Adventure photographer Alex Buisse and dancer Agathe Petrini scaled the hills in the Brévent/Planpraz area of Aiguilles Rouges for the shoot

'Combining the beauty of perfect dancing movements with gorgeous natural landscapes is definitely appealing to a lot of people,' he added.

Alex spent time searching for the perfect space for his model, who is a Chamonix native, to strut her stuff without falling.

The combination of snow-peaked mountains and blue sky and sunshine create a beautiful backdrop for the inspirational images.

The France-based snapper is now planning on returning to the mountains to repeat the shoot.

 

Agathe does the splits

 

Agathe leaps into the air to strike a pose thousands of feet off the ground (left) and does the splits (right)

Cable car is the only way to reach the top of these mountainous areas in Chamonix France

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Cable car is the only way to reach the top of these mountainous areas in Chamonix France

Dancer and model Agathe has fun being shot in Chamonix France, near where she lives

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Dancer and model Agathe has fun being shot in Chamonix France, near where she lives

Photographer Alex spent a lot of time searchingfor the perfect space for his model Agathe to strut her stuff without falling

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Photographer Alex spent a lot of time searchingfor the perfect space for his model Agathe to strut her stuff without falling

Photographer Alex was amazed by Agathe's incredible feats and said: 'It seems people love seeing something that out of the ordinary'

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Photographer Alex was amazed by Agathe's incredible feats and said: 'It seems people love seeing something that out of the ordinary'

The daring dancer balances on one hand in some of the beautiful images

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The daring dancer balances on one hand in some of the beautiful images

Agathe performs Alpine acrobatics off walls and leaps high above the French Chamonix mountains in the high-altitude shots

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Agathe performs Alpine acrobatics off walls and leaps high above the French Chamonix mountains in the high-altitude shots

The snow-peaked mountains and blue sky create a beautiful backdrop

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The snow-peaked mountains and blue sky create a beautiful backdrop

 

Watch your step! It's a long way down for French dancer Agathe

 

Watch your step Agathe... it's a long way down for the French dancer Agathe

 

The dance teacher tries some ballet moves at high altitude

 

The dance teacher tries some ballet moves at high altitude

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The naked runner helps the naked chef: World champion parkour athlete pictured leaping across London rooftops without any clothes on to raise money for Jamie Oliver foundation

  • Free running world champion Tim Shieff pictured climbing across buildings in central London while naked
  • Mr Shieff, 26, braved the cold for the shoot, leaping across rooftops and dangling from bridges in the capital
  • Parkour athlete and a photographer did not have permission to clamber on some of the buildings in the nude
  • Dangerous shoot put Mr Shieff in 'life or death' situations as his strength was put to the test, he says
  • Money raised from selling the prints, which cost up to £600, will go towards Jamie Oliver Food Foundation

A parkour world champion gave 'free' running a new meaning as he clambered across central London's skyline with no clothes on for a photo shoot.

Naked Tim Shieff scaled buildings around Oxford Street and Bond Street, leaping across rooftops for the pictures which will be sold as prints to raise money for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation charity.

Mr Shieff, a World Freerun Championship winner, bared all for the shoot which shows him leaping across buildings and dangling off bridges.

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Baring all: Free running world champion Tim Shieff stripped off for a naked series of photographs of him climbing across buildings in central London

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Baring all: Free running world champion Tim Shieff stripped off for a naked series of photographs of him climbing across buildings in central London

Stripped off: The 26-year-old scaled buildings across the capital while wearing no clothes for a set of prints which will be sold for charity

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Stripped off: The 26-year-old scaled buildings across the capital while wearing no clothes for a set of prints which will be sold for charity

Nude: Mr Shieff was seen running through tunnels and dangling off bridges for the shoot which took place in November last year

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Nude: Mr Shieff was seen running through tunnels and dangling off bridges for the shoot which took place in November last year

Naked chef: The prints will be sold to raise money for Jamie Oliver's Food Foundation charity. Mr Shieff regularly appears on the chef's YouTube channel as he is a leading figure in the vegan and raw food movements

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Naked chef: The prints will be sold to raise money for Jamie Oliver's Food Foundation charity. Mr Shieff regularly appears on the chef's YouTube channel as he is a leading figure in the vegan and raw food movements

 

The parkour athlete came up with the idea after holding a similar shoot in Greece, the London Evening Standard reported.

It took four days last November for fellow free running expert Jason Paul to take the pictures.

'These shots would not have been possible for a normal photographer,' Mr Shieff, 26, said.

'Not only did he need to climb too, but he also understands body positioning and posture.

'It was dangerous at times. We couldn't get permission from a lot of the buildings, so while the reaction was great from people who spotted us, some security guards were not happy.

'There were moments when you learn you are stronger than you think. Many situations were life or death.'

The photographs were taken by fellow free running expert Jason Paul, who had to clamber up the buildings himself to take the pictures

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The photographs were taken by fellow free running expert Jason Paul, who had to clamber up the buildings himself to take the pictures

Mr Shieff did not have permission to climb some of the buildings, angering security guards but entertaining members of the public who spotted him climbing up some of London's finest architecture

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Mr Shieff did not have permission to climb some of the buildings, angering security guards but entertaining members of the public who spotted him climbing up some of London's finest architecture

Naked ambition: 2009 World Freerun Championship winner Mr Shieff came up with the idea after holding a similar naked shoot in Greece

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Naked ambition: 2009 World Freerun Championship winner Mr Shieff came up with the idea after holding a similar naked shoot in Greece

The images can be purchased for between £100 and £600, with a proportion of the money going to the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation

The images can be purchased for between £100 and £600, with a proportion of the money going to the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation

The project aimed to compare the 'rigid and linear' structure of London's architecture with the 'curves' of the human form, Mr Paul said.  

The 2009 world free running champion often appears in Jamie Oliver's YouTube channel Food Tube as he is a leading figure in the vegan and raw food movements. 

Eight of the staggering images, costing between £100 and £600, can be bought as limited edition prints from www.beautifulcrime.com

A proportion of the money will go towards the TV chef's charity for disadvantaged children

 

 

 

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