As you know, I was able to attend a wrestling tournament a few weeks ago and captured some amazing images of the talented Jirenia S. There was so much movement and action all around me, it was a great place to watch and observe. Photographers tend to see the world differently, and we’re always observing our surroundings. I was fascinated with all the unique sights and sounds of the wrestling tournament.
My visual senses were filled with incredible athletes, awesome parents, crazy parents, the excitement of winning and the crushing weight of losing. There were so many opportunities for a photographer, it was almost overwhelming. I wondered, “Which image do I capture? Which match do I focus on? Which shot will capture the emotion and the moment I’m hoping to freeze?”
It was fascinating to watch the younger wrestlers because even though they’re still learning the sport, they have an uncanny ability to multitask during a match. It seemed as if they were simultaneously focusing on their opponent, remembering which wrestling moves to counteract with, and also keeping a trained eye on their dad/coach to see and hear the next set of instructions.
After a few hours of watching matches I found myself drawn to a particular wrestler. He was probably 8 or 9 years old and was there with his dad and brother. It was the intensity of the family that I found so fascinating. All three of them were so focused during a match. They reminded me of the Incredible Hulk just as he was transforming into Mr Green bad ass. As soon as the match was over, win or lose, the intensity evaporated as quickly as it appeared.
The brother of the wrestler would record the match on the father’s cell phone, the father would coach and the other son would wrestle his heart out. Once the match was over they would huddle around the cell phone and watch the recording like Peyton Manning preparing for the Super Bowl!
They would calmly critique the match and replay it several times while they waited on the next round. I was amazed by their process, their ability to switch on/off the intensity, and their instantaneous instant replay critique.
I sure didn’t have that kind of feedback in my day.
Later that afternoon, I was able to snag the shot I had been looking for. I wanted to capture a real moment of the Intense Trio when they were in a ‘softer’ moment. I think I got it. . .
Tell me what you think. Did I nail it?
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