Sports, third prize singles
May 28, 2011
BASE jumper Johannes Dagemark takes a leap off a 150-meter-high wind turbine in Skara, Sweden. BASE jumpers jump off fixed objects, using a specially adapted parachute to slow their fall. The name refers to the four categories of objects from which one can jump: buildings, antennas, spans (bridges) and earth (cliffs). BASE jumping is considered to be more dangerous than similar extreme sports, such as skydiving from aircraft. Skydivers achieve much higher speeds, which give them more aerodynamic control and allow quicker and cleaner deployment of parachutes. Skydivers, coming from a greater height, also have more time to work with. A body in free fall from a 150-meter-high point, such as the turbine Dagemark jumped from, would take about 5.6 seconds to reach the ground.
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About the photographer
Henrik Brunnsgård was born in 1972 in Reftele, Sweden. He graduated from The Nordic School of Photography, Biskops-Arnö, in 2005. Brunnsgård works as a freelance for numerous magazines, while continuing work on personal projects in Sweden and abroad. He has received a number of national and international awards, including five Swedish Press Photo of the Year awards, and two awards from POYi. He is based in Gothenburg, Sweden.
An interview with Swedish photographer Henrik Brunnsgård about his winning photo of a BASE jumper leaping off a wind turbine.