Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sports hair

"Linebacker Rey Maualuga #58 of the Cincinnati Bengals hair covers his jersey during a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 20, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won, 31-24."

Despite the outcome, when a certain play occurs, the news line from a single sporting event can change.

Whether it's a player stomping on another of the opposing team, or much like in Baltimore, when wide receiver Torrey Smith of the Baltimore Ravens was pulled down by his hair by a Cincinnati Bengals defender, it's talked about.

While I was all over the latter play, my positioning wasn't the best. My image looked the same as everyone else ahead of the line. Those shooting from the backfield got better images of the pull-down, which showed faces.

But I knew that talk of hair would be in the sports world. So I started shooting some long hair dangling out of helmets to give readers an idea of how many players indeed risk the chance of having their hair pulled.

Not sure why I kept coming back to this image, but I did. Maybe I've been thinking of an NFL detail photo essay. Could be a fun challenge with the limited access we're given.


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