World Trade Center – August 7, 1974

One foot on the tower, and one on the wire. This is the crucial moment – the moment of transformation. He hasn’t yet passed the border between himself and the void, but he’s already in another world.

It’s only been a few minutes since I secured the cable. My hands are frozen from hours of continual strain, and my fingers refuse to obey me. It’s almost impossible for me to steady my camera, and my sight is fuzzy from fatigue so I cannot focus. But in a moment it will be too late – I have to get these shots. I do an approximate setting and hit the shutter release. At this precise instant I feel like I’m in total communication with Philippe.

But he is already in his own world in the process of passing from one universe to another.

Le Passage