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Sports



Clyde Drexler  
A truism from sports photography is that, "if you saw it through the viewfinger--you missed the shot". It is, at once, some of the most challenging and demanding photography, and some of the purest, simplest genres as well. No explanation is required--everyone knows why the photographer is there--to make good action photos. No explanation is required, the photo subjects have big numbers on their chests. Everybody knows what is going on here.
  Two brothers on opposing teams
 
But--the shutter speeds are fast, the lenses are usually wide open, so focus has to be tack sharp. There are no re-takes, and the action is seldom predictable. Reactions have to be instantaneous. The path from the eyeball to the shutter finger cannot take the long route, through the brain. It has to be faster than that, a reflex. The photographer often endures great physical discomfort to be in position to get the shot. It is the best of times, and the worst of times. It's sports photography. Let 'er Buck, Play Ball, and On your mark, get set, Go!!
 
Highschool Football
   

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Portraits



Tribal Leader Mike
There are no boring photo assignments, only boring photographers. Even the most tedious assignment tells the story of a person, and they are usually excited (or maybe worried) about the attention--it's deserved, it's often long-awaited, and it will be remembered for a long, long time.
Hugging Siblings
The portrait photographer holds a position of trust, like a doctor or a counselor. The subject trusts his reflected light to this merchant of shadows and mirrors. "Be Kind," said Loren Bacall. "Can you make me look thinner?" said the beautiful young mother. The notion that the photographer captures the soul might draw scoffing from the thoughtless--but it's true, and more than that--a good photograph captures the Spirit--through a gentle cooperative conspiracy between photograher and subject.

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Performance



African Gospel Acapella
  Bono of U2
 
"First three songs, no strobe"--those are the usual rules. Hustled in, shoved back out. The Quick and Dirty, the In and Out. Every photographer strives toward invisibility--to become the "fly on the wall", the unseen observer--capturing the "decisive moment" without intruding on performer or audience.
 
Street Performer

It can mean writhing in a sweaty mosh pit, dodging airborne bodies; or crouching in a tux, hoping for a moment in the chamber music when the sound of the shutter won't sound like a manhole cover dropped on a concrete floor. The paradox is that while the image is made covertly, as though from a great distance, the final image should convey the defining moment, the purest expression, the supreme moment with intimate closeness--Simon, as seen by Garfunkle.

 

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Culture

 

Tipis What is a photograph but an expression of interest and concern, curiosity and empathy? The photographer is "there" because the rest of society has to be elsewhere today. The published photo is an expression of our concern, our desire to understand. The Fair Witness--sharing the event and carrying the reflected light back to the rest of the world. This is who we are. This is what we care about. This was how it felt. This is why this matters. Visual story-telling that is the glue that holds society together. It’s not about awards, acclaim or contests, it’s finding the good in people and expressing that caring, those values, for everyone to share and affirm. Chief Blackhawk Parade
Barred

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Animals



Shaking Dog Dr. Dolittle's dream--"If we could walk with the animals, talk with the animals, grunt and squeak and squawk with the animals...maybe get an animal degree..." Of course, the animals don't trust us, and they don't speak our lingo--so our best hope is to observe, to sit and learn by lookng, or even taking pictures. Our fellow beings on this Spaceship Earth have much to tell us, and they will share, if patience is shown. Sleeping Raccons
'Alot of people spend time talking to the animals, but not that many people listen. That's the real problem." --Winnie the Pooh
 
Racing Horses

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