Lately it seems like I’ve worked the 1-10pm shift at the newspaper a lot, and when that happens I shoot a lot of sports. I love it. It’s a shift from everything else I shoot, less intense from an emotional perspective, but more exciting because of the adrenaline rush that comes with every goal, run, obstacle overcome and victory obtained. Although my own emotional investment in a typical sports shoot isn’t the same as say a week in post-earthquake Haiti, the intensity of emotion that can be captured in sports makes shooting them extremely satisfying. When athletes are pushed to their limit and you can see the strain or exhaustion in every protruding vein and drop of sweat, getting that peak action is like a natural high. And then, there’s nothing like seeing the raw reaction to victory or defeat, no filters or inhibitions, just pure emotion. Following are some of my latest sports images. We’ll kick it off with the ultimate summer sport: play ball!
and in honor of the World Cup…
Final 4 NCAA men’s lacrosse
and here’s a mix of a few different sports
a little jumping
and finally, some of that raw emotion I was referring to
Photos by Eva Russo
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