This is a case of a photographer photographing another photographer. The identity of the subject in the photos is unknown.
The following pictures were taken by Hans van de Vorst from the Netherlands at the Grand Canyon, Arizona. Here is the account in his words…
I was simply stunned seeing this guy standing on this solitary rock in the Grand Canyon
The canyon's depth is 900 meters (3,000 " ) here.
The rock on the right is affixed to the edge of the canyon and perfectly safe.
Watching this guy in his rubber thong sandals, burdened with a camera and a tripod
I asked myself 3 questions:
1. How did he climb that rock?
2. Why not take that sunset picture from that rock on the right, which is perfectly safe?
3. How will he get back?
After the sun set behind the canyon's horizon he packed his things and prepared himself for the jump.
This took about 2 minutes.
At that point he definitely had the full attention of the crowd.
After that, he jumped in his thong sandals & only having one hand free . . . The canyon's depth is 900 meters (3,000 feet) here.
He hopes to use his one free hand to grab on to the rock.
Look carefully at the photographer.
He is carrying a camera, a tripod and also a plastic bag - all on his shoulder or in his left hand.
He lands low on his flip flops ~ both his right hand and right foot slip away...
And at that moment I take this shot:
He pushes his body tight against the rock - waits for a few seconds, throws his stuff on top of the rock, then climbs up & walks away.
(Presumably to a bathroom to change his shorts!)