Taking the selfie too far?

Luke Parker
Taking the selfie too far?

With the possibility of becoming the next overnight viral sensation, the number of young people pushing the limits to get that perfectly unique extreme selfie has snowballed.

As Architizer.com points out, one such trend at the moment involves daredevils scaling the heights of buildings to snap a shot no one else dares to and posting it on Instagram.

If you like this, check out this vertigo inducing gallery.

But how far is too far?

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Malachi Templeton

Kiwi wingsuit base jumper, Malachi Templeton, knows all about living on the edge, but has words of wisdom for amateurs putting their lives in real danger looking to impress through photos and footage.

“A lot of the YouTube generation seem to be just as much about the image as the experience and this is scary,” he said. “There are a lot of people taking larger risks and attempting things outside of their skill levels either because they think it looks easy on the internet or they want to be the person on the internet!

“The fact that you’re doing something purely for the short-lived approval of someone else on Instagram, Facebook or whatever else is a little sad.”

The Raglan local believes it has gone too far when you stop doing an activity for yourself and feel pressured to do it for others.

“I grew up on airfields around New Zealand and my dad has been skydiving since 1969. It felt like a natural progression for me and began skydiving in 2003 before moving to base jumping in 2007 after completing around 500 skydives. Three years ago I turned to wingsuit base jumping.”

Currently living in Norway, Malachi says it’s about having fun but being safe and never being pushed into something you’re not comfortable with or at the expense of your own life.

“Every year you can bank on 2 or 3 people you meet in the base community not making another year.” 

Malachi in action

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