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Exit Poi

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At the edge of a life, beyond fear.

 

The dream of human flight, in its modern expression.

A photographer's journal of a week atop a glass ledge over rural China in 2018.

 

Multimedia photo story by Rodrigo Gaya Villar

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A photographer's journal of a week in rural China with 16 of the world's most talented wingsuit pilots in the world. One who so happens to be family, my first cousin from Mexico, Vicente Cajiga Villar. Seen here on the final day, off the old exit point, surrounded by tourists.

The World Wingsuit League hosted the 5th annual WSL showcase in Tianmen Shan, Zhanjiajie, China, on the same mountain which legendary pilots, and WSL organizers Jeb Corliss and James Boule.  They were the first wingsuit pilots to fly though the crevasse at the edge of the mountain., now they've brought a showcase of world-class wingsuit pilots to the edge of a mountain in rural China, so magical it inspired the worlds in the Avatar film.

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In the valley, just below the Exit Point, there sits a tower. Hidden from view by the fog, where the targets are replaced.

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Fernando Ortiz, wears his modern-day Chinelo outfit in Tepoztlan, Morelos. Adorned with Star Wars characters.

Photo by Rodrigo Gaya, Carnaval 2019.

A mural depicting a Chinelo bearing a flag that reads, 'Tepoztlan, Not For Sale".

Photo by Rodrigo Gaya, Carnaval 2019.

In the valley, just below the Exit Point, there sits a tower. Hidden from view by the fog, where the targets are replaced.

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