Experiencing and Freezing an Adrenaline Rush
This story was originally published in August 2011.
Kohima-based Chingwang Konyak, an Upper Division Assistant with the Ministry of Environment and Forest, India, won the Second Horsepower Challenge Photography Contest recently. The Nagaland Adventure Club organised the photography contest, along with the Horsepower Challenge as a motocross and autocross event for racing enthusiasts at a local ground in Kohima, Nagaland.
Chingwang, a graduate of St Stephen’s College, New Delhi, says he is mainly interested in landscape photography. This contest, however, gave him a unique opportunity to experiment with a new genre of photography—adventure sports. A self-taught photographer, Konyak says, “The adrenaline of the drivers, the thrill and the action made great subjects for photography. The stormy weather and extreme lighting conditions added to the experience. The adrenaline rush it gave me was pretty intense!”
While it was not a simultaneous race, the contest winners were decided on the basis of the fastest lap time, making them drive faster. This particular photograph shows local driver Peter Rutsa’s car take the last turn on the last lap of the race. Since it was a complicated turn, a lot of drivers had missed it and had crashed into the boundary. Rusta was able to control his car on the turn and secured the second place.
-Written by Aditya Nair
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