And finally for the week a proper photo. This one was taken in Florianopolis, Brazil back in March while on assignment for ESPN the Magazine when southern hemisphere summer was in full effect. Have been meaning to post more pics, outtakes etc from my adventures on here. I promised Mr Minty Fresh himself that I would get on it months ago. Here’s a start what with beach weather looming…
Playing catch up in the home office after a hectic month of travel and excited to see some of this years work bearing fruit in the printed matter. The above spread is my latest contribution to ESPN the Magazine’s 1 Day 1 Game photo franchise.
This time out college basketball was in the spotlight and I spent a couple of days in Ann Arbor in early February with 8 of my esteemed colleagues covering all things Michigan V The Ohio State.
The focus of my assignment was The Maize Rage, the rabid Michigan student fan section. I infiltrated the group along with writer Morty Ain and was privileged to witness a lot of the shenanigans involved in a typical game day, including the necessary bathroom pit spot, this time accompanied by Dicky V poking out of nether regions.
This was my second 1 Day 1 game gig and as before it was such a special treat to get the call up and to be able to contribute to such a unique project. Big ups to my fellow photographers John Loomis, Chip Litherland, Ross Dettman, Nataniel Welch, Joe Robbins, Steve Boyle, Emilio Collavino and Jenn Ackerman for continually pushing and inspiring.
Super thrilled with my toilet humor opener. Funny didn’t even enter my head as a candidate but when you have a crack team of editors making the calls magic does happen. Huge thanks to Karen Frank, Stephanie Weed, Nick Galac, Jim Surber and Devon O’Rourke for making it such a memorable and fruitful experience.
Go here to see web galleries of everyones doings…
Feel like some morning marching band with the Sonic Boom of the South ? Fresh new Jackson State web gallery over at the Right Honorable Julian Richards.com for your musical delight….
Last month I was dispatched on a unique assignment for ESPN the Magazine; code name Operation ‘Base Jumpers’. My mission was to travel to the Gulf, to two military bases whose locations I cannot reveal and photograph 10 BMX legends who were there to entertain the troops. The crew who go by the moniker Bikes Over Baghdad are seasoned veterans at this sort of thing and have taken their unique show all over the middle east at great risk to themselves both on and off the bike.
The audience made up of of military personnel, median age 18-35, are usually entertained by doses of dodgy cover bands and comedians and just can’t get enough of these high adrenaline BMX bandits when they ride onto base. The show itself is full on with no expense spared either in commitment, quality, crowd participation, excitement and risk. The riders go all out. Something which the troops really react to. So there is much mutual respect and admiration.
This was one of those gigs that just hit it on so many different levels. Not only super fun and challenging creatively but one of those life experiences you could never pay for. You really had to be there to take in the magnitude of it all. The pics just don’t do the whole thing justice. Thankfully there was video too. Go here to see the adventure play out day by day.
Big ups to the whole crew: Alyssa and Ryan from ESPN, Christian and Zach Schauf of BOB and the riders: Nate Wessel, Ron Kimler, Mykel Larrin, Jeremiah Smith, Scott Powell, Brian Kachinsky, Mike ‘Rooftop’ Escamilla, Chad Kagy, Darryl Nau, Morgan Wade and to all the service men and women we encountered along the way. A truly humbling experience.
ESPN web gallery here and I will post more pics during the week…
#1Day1Game Photo All-Star Landon ‘gone to the dogs’ Nordeman used all his charm and guile to go all tiger whisperer on us to capture one of his favorite images of official LSU mascot Mike. Word is he used the same calming techniques to tame and photograph the infamous purple faceless fan too. Landon fired 4380 frames for his second one day one game outing…
#1Day1Game Photo All-Star Darren Carroll was tasked with game action duty but suffered terribly from wandering lens syndrome. Hence he has two favorite images from on and off the field. Darren shot 2221 frames and submitted 192 as his final edit…
Just in time for all the Thanksgiving excesses #1Day1Game Photo All-Star Brian Finke gets us in the mood and serves up four of his favorite bacchanalian tailgating vignettes. Brian turned in 197 tasty frames as his final edit…
At least for today anyways this is #1Day1Game Photo All-Star Rob Tringali’s favorite shot. Big congrats to Rob who also scored the cover. He shot 4500 frames capturing all the action…
Perennial #1Day1Game All-Star John Loomis, who is one of only three photographers to have taken part in all 3 ESPN Mag One Day One Game issues, was the first photographer on the ground in Baton Rouge. John covered a ton of shizz leading up to, during and after the game. He shot around 5000 frames total on all his happenings…
#1Day1Game Photo All-Star Ross Dettman shot 3687 frames on the assignment. Here are two of his favorite…
Can’t say it enough how much fun it was to collaborate on ESPN Mags #1DayGame issue with 12 other photographers. Some I am friends with, some I knew only by their work and reputation. Ha ha yes there was plenty of healthy competition on the day of course but most of all there was oodles of mutual respect, admiration and awe for all the surrounding talent.
I asked the #1Day1Game Photo All-Stars to share their favorite shot(s) from the assignment to post here on WTJ?. First up we have the King of the Death Valley seamless Nathaniel Welch who shot 2824 frames on the day…
1 game LSU v Alabama
1 issue of ESPN the Magazine on the news stands now
1 real Tiger called Mike
1 mascot Tiger also called Mike
43 crew representing ESPN the Magzine
Including 13 photographers covering all the happenings: Rob Tringali, John Loomis,Nathaniel Welch, Brian Finke, Landon Nordeman, John Huet, Dominic DiSaia, Emilio Collavino, Jamie Squire, Ross Dettman, Pouya Dianat, Darren Carroll and yours truly
113 image web gallery posted on game day here
Over 40,000 frames shot total between us
20+ hour work day
Countless miles walked in search of the defining photo
2 after shoot beers courtesy LSU in the press room - first time thats ever happened
75º game time temp
Chance of rain “never”
Spike Lee and LSU alumni Lolo Jones and Shaquile O’Neal in attendance
325 members of LSU Tigerland band
$2355 most expensive ticket purchased for the game on Stubhub
60,000 estimated number of ticketless tailgaters on campus
Unfathomable the amount of food and drink consumed pre game
93,374 fans inside Death Valley
1 minute 24 seconds time of game winning drive led by Alabama QB AJ McCarron
21-17 final score
36 hours from end of game to make transmit deadline for final file hi res edit
The creative and life experience utterly priceless…
It was such a huge thrill to be a part of this. I will share some of the contributing photographers favorite pics on WTJ? over the next few days…
Saturday had to be one of my all time favorite assignments. With a team of photo talent that included Nathaniel Welch, John Huet, John Loomis, Dominic DiSaia, Emilio Collavino, Jamie Squire, Rob Tringali, Ross Dettman, Pouya Dianat, Brian Finke, Darren Carroll and Landon Nordeman, yours truly was dispatched by ESPN the Magazine to Baton Rouge to cover the LSU V Alabama football game.
The magazine is devoting its entire next issue to the game, so our crew consisted of 43 people including the photographers, writers, editors etc etc. To say this was an undertaking of epic proportions would be an understatement. On top of snapping away for the printed matter we were are all encouraged to post pics of proceedings as we went about our business on the inter webs under the hash tag #1Day1Game and the magazine also posted a communal web gallery updated throughout the day here.
I am truly humbled to have shared the day with so many great photographers and to have had the chance to work with the amazing ESPN Mag crew. Massive thanks to everyone involved…
Had a really fun time a few weeks back covering Midnight Madness at The University of Kansas for ESPN the Magazine with Brian Finke, Jenn Ackerman and David Eulitt. First time shooting a gig like this as a team player. Funny to see us all chasing the same shot from time to time. All very courteous and professional. I swear. See if you can figure out who shot what in the spread above…