Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Babyfaces and heels

"Wrestling superstar, Jeff Hardy (left) soars off the top rope into Mr. Anderson (right) during an TNA Impact Wrestling's BaseBrawl event at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md., Friday, July 20, 2012. Hardy won the match."

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.


Blogger Fly on the Wall said...

So good. Every time I photograph wrestling there's an amazing story to be told, like the time I got challenged to get into the ring and fight at a small promotion in Tulancingo, Mexico. Wrestling rules.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 10:30:00 AM  

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