For this weeks assignment our class was assigned to photograph a sporting event. Sports are a huge part in my life, so I was thrilled when hearing this announcement. For the assignment, I had the privilege of choosing which sporting activity I would like to photograph, at whatever level of experience. I chose to photograph the collegiate wrestling match between the teams of Michigan University versus Arizona State University at Catholic Central High school.
I relished with sports photography. However, wrestling was a bit of challenge as opposed to my typical football shoots, but I was up for it. Sports photography, as a whole, is not easy. There is constant commotion both on and off the field/mat/court, and as a photographer you must have the ability to keep a calm, collected, and focused mindset or else you may end up missing a great photo opportunity. As for me, I feel comfortable and more at ease in this sort of culture full of excitement and anticipation. I thrive on the fans reaction when their favorite player/team earns a point on the scoreboard, and on a coach’s reaction when a play does not go in their favor; but most importantly, I thrive on the player’s emotions who sweat dedication, passion, and hard work.
While photographing the Michigan versus ASU wrestling match, I found being in the right spot to get the perfect shot to be the most challenging. In wrestling, there is constant movement between the two individual wrestlers who are putting one another in various movements that put an uncomfortable strain on one’s body. A wrestler’s goal is to pin his opponent in a fall position on the mat to earn the most points on the scoreboard, which means there is a limitation for photographing the facial expressions of the wrestler’s. However, the body’s tension that sculpts the use of each muscle shows the viewers all the emotion they are endearing without visually seeing them through their facials. Which is what I enjoyed most about photographing wrestling. I hope you enjoyed these action shots as much as I enjoyed taking them!