Monday, May 9, 2011

Adrenaline Photography – Fight or Flight Situations

It increases heart rate, constricts blood vessel and dilates air passages in order to deliver more blood to the muscles and more air to the lungs and thus help a human survive in a dangerous or unexpected situation. This is the mechanism of action of a hormone, called adrenaline or epinephrine. The word “adrenaline” today is, perhaps, the only example of a medical term, known and used widely beyond medical sphere. It has become a synonym for excitement, passion, adventure, and risk, and it is now closely associated with extreme activities, such as mountaineering, jumping, and challenging sports, such as racing, parachuting, or skiing. We have devoted our today’s gallery of photographs to all kind of activities, where adrenaline plays the leading role, being at the same time the aim and the means of achieving that aim.
Why do people do such seemingly crazy and obviously dangerous things, as jumping from high rocks into the sea, participating in rodeo, or feeding wild animals with bare hands? Of course, the reasons are multiple and different: from love to the wild nature to excitement of the free fall, but in every situation you will find the similar component – adrenaline. This hormone puts a human body into such a unique physiological state, which is both dangerous and cherished simultaneously. The one, who once experienced the influence of adrenaline charge, will definitely urge for the same experience again in the future. That is why, drivers usually return to racing even after the most dreadful accidents, and people of all ages return to the ferris wheel or roller coaster even if they were frightened to death, visiting those attractions earlier. Obviously, people love adrenaline… Some of the ways to get it are described on the pictures below, but, please, do not take this post as the guideline or direct motivation towards specific actions!

*** by Evgeny Vasenev


Maybe dangerous by Marc Schilling

maybe dangerous

Trust by Frank Decker


*** by Anna Log


Yabadabaduuu by Alex Bolshakov


Powder turn by Kirill Umrikhin

powder turn

Only this moment by Natalia Ilina

Only this moment

*** by Evgeny Vasenev


i’ll make ya famous by Roof Topper

i'll make ya famous

*** by Mihail Kopychko


Risky Business by Boris Issaev

Risky Business

Left Moscow passage by Viktor Lyagushkin

Left Moscow passage

High by Ilya Rashap


Ollie North by JL Photo

Ollie North

Wind Power 2010 by Yurii

Wind Power 2010

Jump by Alexander Trishin


Lazy Boy by Artem Achkasov

Lazy Boy

Kayaking the Payette River by Franklin Thompson

Kayaking the Payette River

A dangerous leap. by auster

A dangerous leap.

Will-o’-the-wisp by Fonzy


The diver by Graham De Lacy

The diver

Street sport by A.G. photographe

Street sport

GO, GO, GO! by Marcel Rebro


Reach by Alexandre Buisse


Pink Panther by Alexandre Buisse

Pink Panther

Joki Racing Cow by Rahmat Gusra

Joki Racing Cow

Zero G by Shane Peterson

Zero G

Grab the sun by Greg Mistral

Grab the sun

Cliffs of ailladie by Juraj Navratil

cliffs of ailladie

Photo by berto


WaterworlD by Orazio Scuderi


Hard work by Sterrer Dieter

hard work

Dangerous Game Area by Ilhan Marasli

Dangerous Game Area

beach boy by Lumatic

beach boy

Backflip na Nuseláku by Křendy

Backflip na Nuseláku

Ship Garthsnaid, ca 1920s by Alexander Harper Turner

Ship Garthsnaid, ca 1920s

Madrid by David Terrazas


Off Road Motorbikes by Ula

Off Road Motorbikes

Le Saut d’Acomat by Fabrice ROSE

Le Saut d'Acomat

Crocodile wrestlers dice with death in jaw-snapping show by Ben Thé Man

Crocodile wrestlers dice with death in jaw-snapping show

Jump by jovivebo


Oh. . . (fill in the blank) by Stephen Moore

Oh. . . (fill in the blank)

The Jump by Juan Luis Duran

The Jump

V ohni by ..::sOBE::..

V ohni

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