A few months back we were introduced to Corn Tryb Rituals out of St. Louis, Mo. These guys have been staying busy with some wonderful suspensions, including this guerrilla project from back in September. Whether you love or hate guerrilla suspension work, it is definitely something that is a part of the body suspension community. When well planned and executed, the result can be not only great photographs, but a great experience for those involved as well. The backdrop chosen for this project was the St. Louis historic courthouse and arch; luckily for the CTR team, there happens to be a pavilion directly in front that was the perfect spot to perform their suspension.
The crisp, clear image of the courthouse and arch in the background combined with the high visibility of the location had some people asking if this was a real photo or a backdrop. I thought I would include a photo from a little further back to show the layout of the area, so that people could better see where the suspension took place. It actually is a beautiful location to suspend in, with fountains in front of the courthouse and water flowing down the steps behind the pavilion.
When many people think of guerrilla suspension, they imagine rushed and poorly planned events that are done simply to shock those around them. This was certainly not the case with CTR and this suspension. They took the time to watch the area, and decided to perform the suspension on an early weekend morning when there would be the least amount of people present. Wiket said that few people even noticed what they were doing, and I suppose it’s a great example of how unaware many people are of their surroundings. He compared the rush to his days doing graffiti art, where the combination of pressure to create an incredible piece of art is added to the possibilities of being seen.
I want to thank CTR for sending these in to us. I would also like to note that these photos took place prior to the events that have been unfolding in Missouri with possible legislation on body suspension, and this suspension had/has nothing to do with the situation happening there.