“I was ecstatic and terrified.”

Challenged by Nike to answer what he would do if given the ability to walk on air (supposedly provided by the purchase of Nike VaporMax), photographer Benjamin Von Wong decided to turn the request on its head. Instead, he told Nike, he would “showcase ordinary people defying gravity 1,000 feet in the air.”

“As an artist, I always like to push things one step further.”

With a few self-imposed limitations: foregoing professional models for “everyday heroes,” standard fall harnesses for more form-fitting ones, and utilizing not one, but two skyscrapers, Von Wong got to work.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video Wong shared for those interested in his process:

The resulting images are pretty dramatic. Here’s rapper/social entrepreneur Mike Swift running like Neo in the Matrix as locals clamor for his VaporMax:

“I’m the gingerbread man!”

Krizanne Ty and Nikka Arcilla, founders of Girls Got Game, a sports camp for underprivileged girls in the Philippines, strike Superman poses above an empty basketball court which, coincidentally, features a Nike logo:

Photo By: Von Wong

Here’s Wong himself holding his equipment and looking psyched as can be:

Photo By: Von Wong

For more shots, specs, behind-the-scenes commentary, or just to follow the madness that is Von Wong’s photography, visit his blog at: https://blog.vonwong.com/.

All Photos By: Von Wong