Motographer: Sandeep Patnala
Sandeep Patnala is a twenty-seven year old rocket engineer living in India. But it’s not all rocket science, his passion lies with motorcycles and photography, and is what some might refer to as a motographer.
Sandeep’s passion for motorcycles started with cycling, of all places.
“I used to love riding bicycles, and as people say, ‘Dream bigger and reach higher’ ”
He says it was the thrill he got out of his bicycle that pushed him to carry that exhilaration into motorcycling, and motivated him to finally get his license.
It was this same inner drive that inspired him to turn his passion for nature into a committed hobby – photography.
“So I decided to […] show people the places I travel in a different way; through my lens.”
He rides a Honda CBR250R C-ABS, and so far, has travelled through India and Thailand. However, he hinted that the next place he’d like to ride would be Iceland.
“I haven’t travelled Iceland or Russia yet. A friend of mine has travelled through Iceland, and after seeing his travel blog, I was mesmerized by the beauty of it.”
Sandeep tells us his most memorable motorcycling experience was riding the Khardung pass (Khardung La) located at over 5,600 metres, the highest vehicle-accessible pass in the world. You can view his entire route here.
But it hasn’t all been smooth riding for Sandeep. He recalls one particular time he was solo riding back from a day trip through the Nallamala forest in Andhra Pradesh, India. He decided to try a shortcut down an unknown route at night for about 30 kilometres. It was unlit, there were potholes everywhere, and it was bucketing down rain.
“It took me around 90 minutes to cover that 30 kilometre stretch with a bent rim.”
We finished the interview by asking Sandeep if he has any advice for aspiring motographers out there.
“It’s not what you ride, it’s how you ride matters. Be it a smaller bike, or a bigger capacity bike – always ride it with passion. And most importantly, don’t stop exploring – as the world might not be the same in next few years.”