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Dangling from the spire of Burj Khalifa for a photo shoot

Dangling from the spire of Burj Khalifa for a photo shoot

Window Cleaning Burj KhalifaA local window cleaning professional has spoken for the first time  about how he took part in a  National Geographic photo shoot at the top of the Burj Khalifa.

By day, Johnny Salvador is the operations manager for Grako, the company  contracted to clean the outside of the world’s tallest building.

But on March 18, he and his colleague, Mike Flamson, helped famed  National Geographic Society photographer Joe McNally scale the Burj and  then posed for the camera while dangling from its spire.

“At the time of filming you’re quite blase about the whole thing as I am  there doing my job the same way I would with anyone else,” Mr Salvador said.  “It’s nice to show my mates at home so they see what I get up to. I’m just proud  to go up the tallest building in the world and happy Grako gives me the  opportunity to do it.”

In a behind-the-scenes video published on McNally’s YouTube channel last  week, the National Geographic photographer explained he didn’t want to  just climb to the top and shoot the view.

“You want a person in that frame, you want to have a reference point  – you want to sense some humanity in the midst of this giant structure,”  said the 61-year-old American. “And also, you want to celebrate this very unique  skill that these guys have. ”

McNally and Mr Salvador were both suspended outside a bucket-like structure  at the tip of the spire – 828 metres in the air.

“For a 60-year-old, hats off to him,” said Mr Salvador. “We called him  afterwards Joe ‘the Iceman’ McNally. He didn’t grumble once and he held his own  the whole way up,” Mr Salvador said.

Mr Salvador also worked with Alain “Spider-Man” Robert, the French climber  famed for scaling towers without any ropes or assistance.

This article is reprinted from The National.

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