By Mark McConville
BRAVE slackliners have been pictured walking the ropes above Rio de Janeiro, with the half a mile drop showing the city in all its glory.
The stunning shots show the daredevils tread across an eighty-two-foot-long high line on Pedra da Gávea mountain with an amazing sunrise illuminating the city landscape behind.
The images were captured by Brazilian photographer Rafael Moura (30).
Rafael had not planned to take any shots but fell into a lucky coincidence as he climbed the mountain with his friend.
“This is what I love about photography. You never know what is waiting for you,” he said.
“The world is full of surprises. I’m very glad that I had my camera on me. I climbed Pedra da Gávea with a friend of mine who knew some guys were also going up there to do highline.
“We spent the night and camped on the top. I wasn’t supposed to stay there. I just went to shoot the sunset and head straight down back home afterwards.
“My friends convinced me to stay and shoot the sunrise in the next morning. I didn’t take food, a tent or even proper clothes to spend the night.
“We shared the food and a tent. I don’t regret a thing. It was magical and unforgettable. One of those moments that make you feel alive.
“The shots were taken during sunset and sunrise, when there’s not much of a crowd.”