These picture are certainly not for the faint of heart nor those that dislike heights in the slightest. Russian photographers Vadim Mahora and Vitali Raskalovym went on a totally unique Euro trip that did not include several edm festival or smoking weed in a Amsterdam cafe. Instead they spent their time finding the best and highest locations around Europe to scale and take death defying pictures that shock and awe anyone brave enough to gave upon them. Check them out below.
MTL Blog got the chance to chat with the photographer to find out more about her craft and how she developed as an artist.
Answers have been edited for clarity and conciseness.
What made you get into photography? How did you develop your style?
In my first — and only — year of university, I started studying film. I got a bit frustrated by the theory aspect of it and took all the money I put aside for my degree to buy a camera in order to teach myself and travel.
I often questioned whether I could travel solo as a woman. It fed into my already existing reflections as an immigrant in Montreal.
I have also always had a deep fascination for the erotic and nudity. Maybe because it was so taboo in my culture. All that mixed up together is kind of what led me to what I like shooting now.
I feel like my style is constantly evolving and changing every day. But what remains stable is my curiosity for my subject's vulnerability and being able to explore intimacy in all its forms, either through fashion or documentary photos.
Your portraits really highlight body positivity. Was that your intention? Why is body positivity so important to you?
Growing up as an immigrant and changing countries twice, I quickly learned about what it's like to be "different," to not fit a mould and often not feel like you belong.
This really fed my exploration of what diversity means to me and how important it is to engage in conversations about it — And by diversity, I'm talking about diversity in cultures, sexualities, bodies. That's one reason why this is important to me.
For me, a naked body is a landscape that tells a story. It's such a complex and powerful thing to witness and that's why it's important to portray a multitude of it.
When I shoot close-ups of bodies I truly see all the corners of someone's body as an intricate and shape-shifting landscape with plenty of mounts, valleys and textures that deserves to be celebrated.
What do you love most about what you do?
There are so many things I love about what I do.
I love seeing people open up to me. Being faced with my own insecurities and doubts as I explore people's doubts with them.
I love exploring subjects such as intimacy, diversity, eroticism and vulnerability through my photography.
I love being able to portrait the beauty of the human body through my lens and let my vision evolve. Celebrating the beauty of our ever-changing bodies.
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The first things that come to mind when you think of Italy are probably pizza, pasta and gelato, right? The country of Italy is the birthplace to some of our most favourite things in the world like these 3 amazing foods.
Not only did Italy create some of the best foods in the entire world, but it's also famous for it's gorgeous coast lines with crystal blue water, stunning architecture dating back to the Renaissance and medieval eras, and it's wineries making the freshest and tastiest wines!
Although this destination definitely isn't one of the cheapest in Europe to travel to, it still has some super affordable cities and regions to explore!
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Also called Meran, this Italian town is in northern Italy is definitely one of the best places to visit. They're known for their spa resorts so you'll be sure to get full relaxation while you're here. The city is surrounded by sprawling mountains giving gorgeous views!
This lively city in northern Italy is bustling with people, sights and action! The city is full of medieval and Renaissance-era architecture like their huge Piazza Maggiore filled with cafes, restaurants and shops, the Two Towers, the Fountain of Neptune and more!
This is probably the most picturesque town in all of Italy. Located on the coast, you can see the colourful houses contrast perfectly with the crystal blue waters. This was my favourite place when I traveled to Italy just because of how gorgeous it was! It's made out of 5 coastal towns each with it's own unique things to offer travellers.
This old town in northern Italy is famous for being the setting of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliette". They have a huge Roman amphitheatre called the Arena di Verona which hosts massive concerts and opera performances!
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Naples is a gorgeous area in southern Italy that has a whole lot to offer visitors. It's sits on the bright blue Bay of Naples with views of the massive Mount Vesuvius, which destroyed the nearby town of Pompeii. You should visit the Royal Palace, the Castel Nuovo and the Naples Cathedral!
Florence was definitely one of my all-time favourite cities in all of Italy. It's the capital of the Tuscany region and is home to some beautiful sights like the Florence Cathedral, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Palazzio Vecchio!
This city in northern Italy is a gorgeous vacation spot for people looking to travel on a budget. You'll have beautiful views of the sprawling Alps, tons of Piazza's filled with shops, cafes and restaurants and an abundance of castles and museums!
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It's amazing when you're able to immerse yourself into a new culture and lifestyle across the world without the daily struggles of your everyday life dragging you down. Traveling just lifts that weight right off of your shoulders.
Traveling really is amazing, but what's not so amazing is how much it costs. That's always the thing that holds people back from booking that flight to your dream destination. But at these destination, you can actually travel to Europe for cheap!
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Santorini is definitely not the cheapest destination on this list but it sure is one of the most beautiful. You can try to make this location more cheap by staying in hostels or affordable 3-star hotels and avoiding the 5-star restaurants.
Once you book this vacation you won't regret it because it's drop-dead gorgeous there. The water is bright blue, contrasted with the white buildings with deep blue rooftops, it's something you should definitely see once in your life.
Prague is an amazing destination and seems to be becoming a cheaper destination for tourists each year. There's some beautiful things to see in this city like the famous Charles Bridge, the Prague Castle, and the Astronomical Clock!
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This amazing city is located right on the coast of the Baltic Sea, giving the air a salty taste all year round. This city is known for their abundant culture through the many museums, wooden buildings, concert halls, and Old Town filled with shops, restaurants and nightlife.
This amazing Croatian city is split into two main sections, Upper Town and Lower Town. Upper Town is filled with 18th century architecture like the Zagreb Cathedral and St. Mark's Church. Lower Town is filled with the main square, shopping, outdoor cafes, museums and parks!
The architecture in this European city is all beautifully different making it super unique to explore. Explore the city's Old Town, Palace of Culture and Science, Royal Castle, and all the beautiful city parks!
This stunning town almost looks fake it's so picturesque. It's filled with old buildings all placed along the river and you get views from above! The city is filled with cobblestone streets, medieval houses and towering castles to explore.
Sarajevo is so beautiful it will literally take your breath away. You may be feeling a little tired of a list full of cathedrals and old towns to explore but each city is so unique and this one is no different.
You must see the "Tunnel of Life", the Yellow Fort, "Sniper Alley", and their gorgeous Old Town.
This city is filled with expansive fortresses and tons of hidden culture. You must visit the Church of Saint Sava, the Belgrade Fortress, the Nikola Tesla Museum and Knez Mihailova Street for shopping to get a full experience of the city's best features.
This cultural town has a surprisingly great nightlife in their historic Lipscani district. You should also visit the Arcul de Triumf, the Palace of Parliament, one of the hundreds of churches and cathedrals and the beautiful city parks!
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