By now, most of our readers have likely seen the video coverage of Mike Conway’s frightening crash at this year’s Indy 500. Thankfully, the car did its job and protected Conway and luck was on his side too. He is recovering in hospital from fractures in his right leg and a compressed vertebrae.
Now that his good health is out of the way, we can concentrate on the topic of this post: The incredible photos captured by Scott Richardson. The shot above is just one in a sequence that includes the entire incident in all too scary detail. In Richardson’s words:
the unthinkable happened instantly right in front of my eyes. I still donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know what caused me to react and start shooting the car flying by in front of my eyes; somehow I managed to quickly compose and then follow the action as Mike ConwayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s #24 car disintegrated right before me. Once the accident was over, my first thoughts were of the driver; I thought there was absolutely no way that he had survived the wreck.
Just as there is an element of luck involved in surviving a crash of this magnitude, so is there an element of luck for a photographer to be in the right place at the right time. That is when skill comes into play. Richardson’s full sequence of photos is stunning and far more telling than the video. You can find the whole sequence at his website.
For those who haven’t seen the video yet, we have it after the break.