Thursday, September 19, 2013


"Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, and wife Samantha Busch sit on the wall of the grid as they take part in pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia."

Details are important to storytelling.

Sometimes they are either overlooked or overshot. I've certainly worked on assignments where I am drawn to lots of details images that speak volumes about the subjects. I tend to walk away with more images of these small components to the story than the person themselves. Other times, it's the complete opposite.

I think the problem with details is that they're generally weaker alone than if apart of a wider story. Every once in a while, I'll see a detail image that can tell the entire story beautifully. There is nothing quite like it.

With that said, images that seem important to a photographer at the time may be just a small part of the overall story.

This is one of those images. In racing, there is a very distinct wardrobe of the drivers - fire-suit and driving-shoes. But I'm always drawn to that stark contrast of their support system - dressed impeccability. 

Covering lots of races this year, the above frame is one I keep seeing and working, but have never lined up as I envisioned it. It wasn't until I saw all-star racer Kyle Busch sitting on the grid wall with his wife in the same posture that I thought it was worth making the picture.

Is it a knockout, telling picture? No. Yet it's a subtle detail that says a lot about the sport in a humanizing, larger grand scheme type of way? I think so.


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