Babyfaces and heels
Last week, I found myself covering a professional wrestling, or as I've been told in the past to call it, sports entertainment.
I was called by The Baltimore Sun to document the TNA Impact Wrestling's BaseBrawl at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md.
In the past, I did a story on a underground sports entertainer which was a lot of fun since it was much more low key and I had full-access.
While this event was exciting, outdoors, and for the most part relaxed, I was limited to where I could roam. There was no back-stage access, the light was poor and the backgrounds were messy, too. In other words, not ideal shooting conditions.
But I didn't let that stop me from having a good time photographing the couple of matches I was able to fit in before deadline.
These guys (and girls) are some tough athletes despite the soap opera type of storyline - an event where the microphone is just as important as the high-rope drop kicks. One cannot deny these are tough performers and put their bodies on the line night in and night out.
I wasn't going to share these, but I thought it was fitting with WWE's 'Monday Night Raw' 1,000th episode this past week (read about it in USA Today). Pretty amazing considering as a kid I was a wrestling fanatic.
Maybe this post should be a shout out to my friends I grew up with reenacting matches on outdoor trampolines and playing countless hours of NWO Vs. WCW Revenge.