How to tell Nginx not to decode URL for proxy_pass?


I need to pass a certain URI namespace to an upstream servers, while
away the prefix. Consider following configuration:

location ^~ /going-to-upstream/ {
    access_log off;
    rewrite /upstream(/.*) $1 break;
    proxy_pass http://upstream;

location / {
    # Actual server

So, whenever I will get a request to
http://server/going-to-upstream/something -> I should have a request in
upstream server for “/something”. And I do.

However, as soon as the upstream part has something urlencoded, for
an url, nginx decodes the url and passes it in decoded format to the
upstream. An example:

will cause an upstream request “/something/http://server/” while I would
need literally “/something/http%3A%2F%2Fserver%2F”

How could I make the nginx to not decode the URI in rewrite?

(My actual use case is related to using Thumbor, see
They have a dedicated nginx server { } for this, but I need to use an
existing to make Thumbor urls to live under our main application

Best regards,