I mentioned it a couple posts ago, but I haven’t shared any derby photos yet. The time has come!
It was pretty random how I got involved shooting roller derby. My old housemate Travis is a videographer/go-getter/all-around good dude and got a job doing the videography for the Emerald City Roller Girls home bouts in Eugene, Oregon. When assembling his crew, he kindly brought me on board to provide stills for various parts of the whole video experience- think dvd menus, covers, gallery, etc. None of us had any prior experience with the sport, but it’s turned into one of the funnest things I get to photograph on a semi-regular basis (usually only 5-7 home bouts a season).
Another side benefit for me was getting involved with a network of derby photographers from across the world. We currently have 370 members representing at least 3 continents and I don’t know how many countries, from coast to coast USA to Sweden to Australia. And the really awesome part is in the event you find yourself traveling and looking for something to shoot, you can always check to see if there’s any derby in the area and more than likely you’ll find a member willing to hook you up with the details. This has been especially nice for me since I’ve been splitting my time between Eugene and Phoenix the past year.
Every month we have a photo contest where we can each submit a couple photos representing two categories- feature and action. It’s all for fun and ego, mostly, but it’s always cool to see what other derby shooters are up to. The contests are usually judged by a mix of skaters, professional photographers, and any one else who might be interested in lending an eye. Just to give you an idea, though, our last panel of judges included Bill Frakes, a longtime Sports Illustrated shooter and a real heavyweight in the realm of sports photography. AND, he has a Pulitzer. Enough said.
So here are my entries for the December contest, enjoy! (You can also check out my alter derby ego’s Facebook page here.)