Only a very intrepid self would take such a selfie. (via The Flash Pack)

Another victory for GoPro cameras this morning—a photographer and tour organizer used one to take this dizzying selfie at the top of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Lee Thompson, co-founder of a group tour company called the Flash Pack, was in Brazil to cover the World Cup. He managed to convince the Brazil tourist board to let him and his friend climb to the top of the iconic statue to take a vertigo-inducing selfie.

"With the assistance of two high-wire workmen, (and armed with Go Pro cameras) we entered through scaffolding mounted on the feet and crawled in circles up 12 flights of rickety stairs that seemed to get narrower with every step," writes Thompson on The Flash Pack website. They then emerged onto the head of the statue to take the photo you see above. 

The whole experience left Thompson in "total and utter awe," and also with some very grandiose thoughts on the meaning of the selfie: "To some, taking pictures of yourself is considered vain, but this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity taught me that the selfie is a powerful medium through which we can share our perspectives, inspirations and personal stories with the world at large. It’s not about funny mugshots with scenic backdrops or daredevil stunts. It’s a way to mark the moment and say, 'I was here.'"

Here's video of Thompson climbing inside the statue and emerging on the top of its head—not for the faint of stomach.

(by Shira Rachel Danan)

Sources: The Flash Pack | h/t Gawker