A 17 year-old Russian teenager died recently after attempting to capture a photo of himself that would make it look as though he was falling from the top of a building. After Andrey Retrovesky secured himself with a rope that was used to help with the special effect, in a grim turn of events, the rope snapped, leaving Retrovesky in a free fall. Although some brush reportedly helped to break his fall, sadly, it wasn't enough to keep him from succumbing to his injuries just a couple hours after the incident.
Retrovesky, who was from Vologda, a city 280 miles north of Moscow, had a history of climbing buildings and posting pictures of himself at the top of them. Whether or not he was specifically a part of a Russian youth subculture called "Roofers," which include young people that attempt to gain access to high rooftops for photos, is still in question. However, there is no doubt that such groups have gained popularity while increasing the appeal for individuals to do the same across the globe.
Retrovesky's death reminds us how fragile life is and that no matter how "cool" it might be to take a certain photograph, safety, proper training, and authorized access should be the first priorities.