Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Captain

"Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees looks to the field before batting against the Baltimore Orioles during game two of a doubleheader at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland."

There is and will always be something thrilling about documenting the athletic superstars.

Having the opportunity to be close to athletes doesn't do much for me - I don't get star struck. At the end of the day, they're insanely talented at their craft, but they're humans like the rest of us.

However, I know most fans would give anything to have our daily access. So when I have the chance to shoot a intimate, tight and candid portrait of the big names, I do so. I feel as if seeing them in action is one thing, but to see them up close and personal with clarity and detail helps viewers get a sense for who they are.

Derek Jeter of he New York Yankees is one of those sports legends. I didn't have a chance to document the start of his career like my peers, but I'm humbled to have been able to share with the world images I made of him on the field in recent years.

Considered one of the best of this era, Jeter has broken many records, but more importantly in my book, he is a class act athlete. I've always been told, no one will remember your work, they'll remember you as a person.

During Jeter's last series in Baltimore, I made it a point to shoot a lot portraits so that the images can help tell his historic career is a quiet way.


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