Brian Urlacher is retiring. I photographed the UNM Lobo and Chicago Bear great a few times, and I also made the picture above in his home town of Lovington in the days leading up to the Superbowl. The mural was created by Nike for a commercial, and before that big game the mural was photographed by a number of local and national publications, but I liked my picture the best. I was the only photographer willing to wait around for the golden hour. I recently drove through town, and I was dishearten to see that the mural had been covers over with plain white paint. Everything is temporary.
Here are a few frames from one of my favorite annual events, the Gathering of Nations. The challenge when you photograph an event year after year is trying to find new and fresh ways to see it. My first thought was to shoot some formal portraits, but for reasons I wont go into I wasn’t able to make it work, but that’s ok, I’ll keep that in my pocket for next year. One idea was to try to take advantage of amazing ISO capabilities of my Canon 5d Mark II and shoot with a long (300mm) lens at a small aperture (f11 I think)to compress all the amazing faces and details. This is total rip-off of a picture my friend Craig Fritz made a few years ago at The Trib, I admit it, but I intentionally didn’t look at that picture before I went this year knowing I would most likely approach it from a little different perspective and that the moment would also naturally be different. I know that last vertical photo is big, and I hope don’t have to scroll to see the whole thing, but even if you do you can still start to appreciate how these would look as giant prints. You can see more photos from the Gathering of Nations on my archive here. Photos from 2010 Gathering of Nations are also availabe for liciense, that was amazing because the event was outside at University Stadium while the Pit was being renovated. Anyway, thanks for looking.
I just wanted to make an official blog post to recognize my being named a Gold winner in Photoshelters Jump Start your Photography Business contest. It is a really nice honor, being selected out of a field of over 2000 entries from all genres of photography. Big thanks the good people over at Photoshelter, who host both of my portfolio & archive websites. They are constantly making updates and producing great free educational materials. (Here is a link you can use if you want to give them a try) Photoshelter also started a great community on Google+ for everyone who entered the contest where people can share ideas and experiences.
I also want to thank the sponsors Calumet Photographic and American Society of Media Photographers (an organization I’ve been wanting to join for years now) and everyone who has supported me. Being an independent photographer is really difficult, but the encouragement from everyone really helps me find the strength to keep going.
My friend Dan Mayfield is reporting that Gertrude Zachary has died. I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph her and her downtown Albuquerque castle for the Wall Street Journal, and Yahoo picked the images up, making it one of the most widely seen shoots I’ve ever had. Gertrude and I stayed in contact after the shoot and I gave her some prints for her collection. My thoughts are with her family. To see more from my time inside the castle, visit my archive: