The most enticing part of our move to London was the opportunity to explore new places and experience new things. I had expected that to come through travel around Europe (and beyond). However, a little more than four months into our adventure, I am realizing how much "newness" I am experiencing from daily life in London.
The best example of this is a newfound love of rugby, a sport I never gave a second thought about in the States. Here in England, its popularity is second only to football (not the NFL, the other one). And I have to admit: I'm hooked. It has the tactical components of baseball, speed and excitement that far exceeds American football, with an element of the unpredictable. As a sports fan, I'm enamored.
As a photographer, I'm intrigued. These players endure 80 ferocious minutes of attack with little to no protective gear. Injuries are all too common... and yet there is a sporting civility to the game. Players shake hands at the end of matches in a way rivaled only by the NHL's tradition at the end of playoff series. Players almost uniformly address the referee as "Sir." (It helps that the refs not only wear microphones but also body cameras that are used during live telecasts.)
One of my photography goals is to capture this enthralling sport, and more importantly the incredible athletes (both male and female) that make it great. Hopefully I'll have a section on the website dedicated to this endeavor soon.
Until then, look out for some new content in the next couple of weeks. I have an exciting shoot next weekend - and some other projects in the pipeline.