The Big Shot

The "Big Shot" is a free-fall ride on the top of the Stratosphere tower, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The picture is taken moments after launch, under maximum upward acceleration.

It looks like each of us is preparing for death in his own way: agony, bewilderment, pleasure, placidity.

Left to right:   Jonathan Schaeffer, Darse Billings, Jack van Rijswijck, and John Buchanan.   (August, 1999)