Original Series
By Chris Wright
on 1.11.13
Photo by Mikey Schaefer

MJ’s moonwalk was mesmerizing, as was Neil Armstrong’s; Dean Potter joins their ranks in this stunning video. Shot from over a mile away, “Moonwalk” captures the climber and tightrope walker racing against a rising moon that seems unnaturally propelled into the night sky. There’s a single moment, after finishing his first crossing and starting back again, that Potter is framed for an unmoving instant within a pit in the gray surface that must be the size of a small country. In that moment, the moon becomes more than just a nighttime staple. The walker’s dangerous trip is actually underwhelming in the context of the beautiful salmon-toned rock spires and the purpling night sky — and of course, the huge, silvery star of the video. The short clip, shot by Mikey Schaefer, is absolutely one to take pause over.

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