Photographing the World’s Most Dangerous Church: How Far Is Too Far To “Get The Shot”?

Oct 19, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

Photographing the World’s Most Dangerous Church: How Far Is Too Far To “Get The Shot”?

Oct 19, 2014

Tiffany Mueller

Tiffany Mueller is a photographer and content strategist based in Hawi, Hawaii. Her work has been shared by top publications like The New York Times, Adobe, and others.

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As I was watching this clip of Lonely Planet photographer, Philip Lee Harvey, scale sheer vertical cliffs so he could photograph the Abuna Yemata church in Ethiopia, all I could think was how awesome his cameraman and film crew are. The climb, which took them 2500 feet up, involved no ropes or safety gear, and was completed barefooted in heavy winds. The trek Harvey made was borderline crazy. His crew was doing the same trek while carrying up all the camera equipment and filming while they were at it. Kudos to Harvey and his crew for getting it done.

Watch in wonder as the team climbs to one of the most inaccessible churches in the world:

http://youtu.be/Riz7klVidDI

I imagine for some, the thrill of this climb would be incredible. For others, I see palms starting to get sweaty just by watching the video. Which side do you fall on to? Tell us about the most extreme situation you’ve put yourself in to “get the shot” and at what point do you think the risks start to outweigh the thrill? Share your opinion with us in the comments section below!

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8 responses to “Photographing the World’s Most Dangerous Church: How Far Is Too Far To “Get The Shot”?”

  1. Wil Fry Avatar
    Wil Fry

    As a small-town reporter, I kept my ear to the police radio scanner most days, and would drive out to scenes relatively often. Most of the cops knew me and trusted me, so I was often allowed to “cross the tape”. More then once, shots were fired. A couple of times there were explosions. I didn’t really think about it at the time. I was single and childless. No way I would do it now, with kids and a wife depending on me.

    1. Tiffany Mueller Avatar
      Tiffany Mueller

      Sounds like you’ve had some pretty exciting times, Wil! (I’m a little jealous) =D

      1. Wil Fry Avatar
        Wil Fry

        Definitely exciting at the time, Now that I look back, a little scary. For so much of it, I was just beginning to learn photography (I was hired as a writer, not a photographer), so some of the photos aren’t impressive except for what they portray. (Like this one: https://www.flickr.com/photos/saintseminole/54708858/ )

        1. Tiffany Mueller Avatar
          Tiffany Mueller

          whoa, that is a big fireball! Pretty intense, thanks for posting this!

  2. Ankit Gajjar Avatar
    Ankit Gajjar

    What an amazing video…thanks for sharing

    1. Tiffany Mueller Avatar
      Tiffany Mueller

      Thank you! Glad you like it :)

  3. Z Avatar
    Z

    Gorgeous! What an experience it must be!

  4. Iñaki Sola Avatar
    Iñaki Sola

    Amazing video. Thanks for sharing and to the photographer for those pics. Fantastic inspiration!