On a recent Saturday night, sitting on the floor in the suicide zone at roller derby kept me entirely engaged. Shooting photos and trying not to end up as skate-kill , I wanted to try something different. The last time I shot roller derby, the photos were gritty, high contrast , and in black and white.The focus was on fishnet stockings and scars. Both of us have changed. The derby is trying uniforms to present a more sports- like focus.I wanted to convey the beauty of motion, so I panned, banished the flash, and moved whichever way pleased me at the moment. I’m curious to hear your opinions.
March 19, 2013
March 19th, 2013 at 4:39 pm
I think the sequence of shots conveys the energy, speed and intensity of the game. The blur prevents me from getting attached to any individual. I am totally caught up in the fray of the teams.
March 19th, 2013 at 7:31 pm
Thank you! What a cool way of looking at it! Glad you stopped by and took time to respond.
March 19th, 2013 at 7:14 pm
Pleasing shots, conveys the motion well
March 19th, 2013 at 7:32 pm
Thank you! I appreciate that you took time to comment. It was fun to shoot.
March 20th, 2013 at 6:02 am
Yes, I think I recall your previous post about the derby and, without looking back, I remember that the images there focused on its people and the culture of derby. The images you’ve posted here take a different approach. They reflect motion and pace. For those that come to this post about without preconception it will very much reflect the competitive and fast-paced nature of the sport … like any other such as hockey, basketball, or ‘fill-in-the-blank.’ I’m sorry to admit that my memories of watching derby on TV when I was a little kid stick with me … and those paint derby in a very different light. Nice post … really nice images. D
March 20th, 2013 at 9:05 pm
Thanks, Dave. It is funny how images from when we were younger do color our thinking. I remember my grandfather watching roller derby on a black and white set that had three channels.It was a very different culture for derby, although I think some f that remains today. Glad you liked them!
March 21st, 2013 at 6:11 am
March 27th, 2013 at 12:52 pm
Is there a more appropriate term?!!!!