1. A young athlete does not make the cut.
2. Getting pumped before the drills
3. Team spirit
4. Another athlete gets an offer from a University of Michigan scout. There are talks of a $250,000, 5 year scholarship.
EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY: TRYOUTS FOR COLLEGE TEAMS.
This shoot documents an elite group of young football players who are trying to impress college scouts. To these young players, this day meant the difference between playing for a division 1 school on full scholarship or going to a university in a lower division and having to pay tuition out of pocket. The players were both excited and extremely anxious, so there were a lot of emotions and tension for me to capture. I found this shoot to be easy going because my brothers are the directors of this program. However, at times, I felt intrusive, particularly when I took a photograph of the young man after he found out what his overall score was, which meant that he would most likely not be going to the school he had wished for.
It was difficult to compose the shots because there was so much movement, I couldn’t really get in close because I wasn’t allowed on the field, and there were people everywhere. Also, the lighting was not very nice, which is one of the reasons I put all of the pictures in black and white. Another reason for choosing the black and white is that I wanted to simplify the pictures so that my audience would only focus on the emotion.
I didn’t enjoy the lack of control I felt when doing this shoot, I found every single picture ugly. It’s not the type of photography that I would be attracted to, but overall, I am happy with the pictures that I chose.