Daredevil or reckless? 'Russia's Spiderman' Kirill Oreshkin takes extreme selfies from Moscow's tallest buildings

Vertigo-inducing images shows photographer scaling buildings armed with just a camera

Heather Saul
Tuesday 25 March 2014 14:13
'Rooftopper' by Kirill Oreshkin
'Rooftopper' by Kirill Oreshkin

Pictures of daredevil Kirill Oreshkin in the midst of some of his most dangerous stunts have earned the photographer the nickname 'Russian Spiderman', thanks to a series of extreme selfies showing him standing on or dangling from dizzying heights.

Moscow-based Oreshkin has scaled some of Russia's tallest structures and has become known for taking pictures of himself atop them.

He appears on the side of window ledges, teetering on the edge of buildings and climbing up huge structures - without any safety rope or climbing gear.

“Using safety measures changes something - no one is going to recognise that you really risked your life,” he told Vocativ.

Oreshkin said he started scaling buildings as a hobby in 2008 because he “likes the views”, which may explain why he chose to climb Moscow’s 1,109 ft Mercury City Tower and Evolution Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Europe.

"What’s going through my head when I’m up there? Nothing special,” he said. “I just try to think about hanging tight and staying alive.”

Videos of his vertigo-inducing ascents have also been posted on YouTube and more images are available to view on his website.

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