Memphis Roller Derby – the Poetry of Motion

rdlegs2db-webOn 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.

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About unsouthernbelle

I am a native New Yorker , transplanted to Memphis, who is a photographer, teacher, and wanderer. I am inspired by the beauty and stories that resonate from abandoned places and found objects. View all posts by unsouthernbelle

8 responses to “Memphis Roller Derby – the Poetry of Motion

  • Cynthia

    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.

  • feralc4t

    Pleasing shots, conveys the motion well

  • Pairodox Farm

    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

    • unsouthernbelle

      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!

  • southernbelle

    skate kill!

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