THE BIG PICTURE
Don’t look down
Slacklining – balancing on a length of webbing that has more ‘give’ than a conventional tightrope – was popularised in its modern form by climbers looking for a way to wind down. Now, it’s a daredevil sport in its own right. Photographer Simon Carter (onsight.com.au) captured this shot of Gui Lopes midway through a 70m crossing of the Grose Valley in Australia.
‘I scrambled down a ridge and set my camera up right on the cliff edge,’ says Carter. ‘Lopes wasn’t posing here, so I had to wait until he was in the right place for the shot. It was tense.’ How high up was he? ‘The drop into the valley was about 200m,’ says Carter. That’s far enough for him to draw up a will if he did take a tumble.