02/26/2015 03:48 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

These Dizzying Photos Transform Everyday People Into Superheroes

What little kid didn't want to grow up to be a superhero? These four people actually got to live out that dream ... kind of.

Benjamin Von Wong, the photographer behind the series that transformed everyday people into fitness models using a few camera tricks, pulled from the same group for his latest project: Dangling superheroes off the edge of skyscrapers.

Mystique, by Benjamin Von Wong

His models were employees of the photo website company SmugMug, and Von Wong had so many volunteers for the project that he had to pick four names out of a hat. Once his models were chosen, they were given the terrifying task of standing on the edge of a high rise building in San Francisco, decked out in superhero gear and face paint. They were wearing safety equipment, of course!

Wolverine, by Benjamin Von Wong

"I think that there's definitely a sense of fear that stays with you so long as you're looking over an edge," Von Wong told The Huffington Post. "You know that undeniable pull you feel when you stare down a high place? It never truly leaves. Oddly enough, it's easier to take photos with your back towards the drop because you don't get disoriented as easily. As far as safety goes, I believe everyone felt completely safe at all points in time."

The results are stunning and capture exactly what Von Wong is going for: Making everyone feel like a superhero.

"As we get older, we stop dreaming. We stop believing that anything is possible because we’ve seen too much of what isn’t. And that is why I wanted to photograph ordinary people as superheroes --  so that they could see themselves as they had once dreamed," he writes on his website. "I wanted to capture the fearlessness of superheroes – without a green screen or cheap special effects.

Deadpool, by Benjamin Von Wong

Hellgirl, by Benjamin Von Wong

Hulk, by Benjamin Von Wong



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