August 5, 2014

Free Fall

Photograph by Chester Boyes, National Geographic Your Shot

In the Bosnia and Herzegovina town of Mostar, a local dive club instructor jumps from the Stari Most, or Old Bridge, to the Neretva River below. "Divers have been leaping from the bridge for hundreds of years," writes Chester Boyes, a member of our Your Shot community. "On this day, we were going to try it for ourselves. Here, our instructor shows us how it's done before we try our luck."

Noticing the size and energy of the crowd, Boyes quickly ran down to the river's edge, hoping to catch his instructor in flight. "I arrived just in time."

Boyes’s picture recently appeared in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.

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51 comments
Richard Simmons
Richard Simmons

I couldn't jump that high... to close to death. great photo.


Amod P.
Amod P.

historic mostar bridge

Arjun Singh Chouhan
Arjun Singh Chouhan

A W E S O M E capture.. wonderful story :) and of course big congrats for making it to the Photo Of the Day :)

Susan Gittens
Susan Gittens

Amazing, the scale alone.  Great capture and nice shot!!

Kip Keino
Kip Keino

Also nice to see community getting together for enjoyment, after decades of strife.


Seth Wallack
Seth Wallack

That's a beautiful photo. It's even more striking in black and white! This makes for a great wallpaper!

Dino Mustafić
Dino Mustafić

It is officially called "Sultan Suleiman's Bridge", but somehow the Mostarians keep forgetting that.

Hongmei Dai
Hongmei Dai

I like black and white pictures. The feeling is so strong to our eyes.

Madhumita Pal
Madhumita Pal

Amazing photo !!

With the outstretched hands, at first glance someone can easily confuse this with Jesus rising from the water !!

:)

Shannon T
Shannon T

WEEEE!!! I hope that river is deep. :) Good job getting down there in time to get this awesome shot.

aarati m.
aarati m.

That's great symmetry! I like that it's black and white too. 

Greg Dalton
Greg Dalton

I've had the pleasure of visiting Mostar, these guys are phenomenally brave! It's far higher than it looks!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Guts or stupidity? The jumping off the bridge is what I mean. As to the shot it is more than a great one., picture perfect, clear as crystal, and so well framed. Definately one of my favourite  black and white's.  j.e.s........

john h.
john h.

The background gradient of the NG page works well framing this photo, as it has for the past 3 photos. Wouldn't this page be even more awesome with dynamic gradient colors based on the prominent color or accent of the day's photo.

Saša Trifunović
Saša Trifunović

The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 during the War in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After its destruction a temporary cable bridge was erected in its place.


Newspapers based in Sarajevo reported that more than 60 shells hit the bridge before it collapsed.[6] After the destruction of the Stari Most, a spokesman for the Croats admitted that they deliberately destroyed it, claiming that it was of strategic importance.[7] Academics have argued that the bridge held little strategic value and that its shelling was an example of deliberate cultural property destruction. Andras Riedlmayer terms the destruction an act of "killing memory", in which evidence of a shared cultural heritage and peaceful co-existence were deliberately destroyed.[6]

Denis C.
Denis C.

But what the story does not say is that this bridge is also a recent reconstruction. Wiki: ''The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 by Croat forces during theCroat–Bosniak War. Subsequently, a project was set in motion to reconstruct it, and the rebuilt bridge opened on 23 July 2004''.

David Wheeler
David Wheeler

This is a lovely example of an Ottoman bridge - I've seen several similar in Turkey.  Fabulous photo - thanks!

Victoria Harvey
Victoria Harvey

Great shot, love the framing the bridge does, the crowds on the bridge and most importantly the diver!  B&W choice was perfect.  Have observed divers going off the Stari Most, would have NEVER considered taking the leap myself.  KUDOS to the photographer. 

Mick McMillan
Mick McMillan

A wonderful photograph.  Black and White images stand alone.  Color is a 'crutch' in many images.   Color images  can produce a "WOW" response just from the color itself.    Black and White images let the 'mind' roam and wonder.....you interpret the image.  If this photograph was in color...the divers image against the blue sky would be less powerful.  "Isolation" of the subject matter against a solid toned background brings "power" to this image.  Your eye locks on to the diver.  Composition is strong....tonality is impressive....a wonderful photograph.

Werner Kujnisch
Werner Kujnisch

What a waste .. would have been so much better in living color.

antonita martinez
antonita martinez

@Saša Trifunović That's the muslim version of what happened and why. But somehow, they always fail to mention  that the war in Mostar was a civil war between muslims and croats, so, in the least case, they both have the same responsibility. And the muslim there know really well what they did to people so it's about time they stop portraying themselves as victims.

Harry Haller
Harry Haller

@David Wheeler Would you please tell me where those bridges are in Turkey, if you remember? I'm from Bosnia so I'd really like to see and compare them...

Paul Hedley
Paul Hedley

@Werner Kujnisch Disagree, I think the simplicity of the black and white emphasises the moment of calm in free fall...

Dino Mustafić
Dino Mustafić

@antonita martinez 
Don't be crazy. "The Muslim  there know what they did to people..." obviously we don't know, so please... please tell us what we did to people?
I know that Croatian side had organized concentration camps for thousands of Muslims, they bombed to ground the Muslim part of the city. Come to Mostar and see which side fired rockets. You fill see that nothing has been repaired on the Croatian side because there was no need to repair anything. 
What am I explaining anyway, you are probably supporting Israelis bombing Gaza as well, due to "what Muslims did there".

Kenan Muslich
Kenan Muslich

@antonita martinez @Saša Trifunović Yea, and toothfairy came and bombed one of the most stunning examples of ottoman architecture. It's not Old Bridges fault why people kill people, and trying to make revenge pay itself by destroying cultural landmarks is an act of most vicious terrorism and cultural destruction. There is simply no excuse why this bridge is destroyed by means what so ever.

Kıvanç Dağ
Kıvanç Dağ

@Harry Haller @David Wheeler You can see same bridges in Adana/Turkey. Google for Taşköprü and Alman Köprüsü and also google Pozantı Şekerpınarı Köprüsü . Moreover, James Bond : Skyfall scenes had been taken at those places.

Muhamed Adilovic
Muhamed Adilovic

@Nokikushi Shiku @Dino Mustafić @antonita martinez Serbs and Croats are not disgusting creatures, some of them are better than most of the Muslims. On the other hand, Četnici and Ustaše are disgusting creatures as they killed and raped thousands of innocent people, both Muslims and Christians...

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