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Photographer Chip Litherland Makes Anticlimactic Alabama vs. Notre Dame Game Actually Look Exciting

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Sometimes the big game is just a big dud.

There are blowouts every week in sportsland, but would would expect the BCS National Championship Game to be more of a – cough – game. Not so much. My challenge is to make something out of it. I sat there after the first half with Alabama up several touchdowns up on Notre Dame and ate a terrible hot dog in a media room where all the photographers just looked depressed. All of the excitement, the adrenaline, and preparedness was sucked right out of everyone. No hopes of a comeback. There were just a lot of shocked Notre Dame faces and chants of “Roll Tide!” Over. And over. And over.

Dramatic Photos of Cliff Diving in Ireland

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Just over a month ago I was lucky enough to be commissioned by Red Bull’s magazine RedBulletin to fly to Ireland and cover the 4th stop on the Red Bull Cliff diving tour. The competition was to take place on the Arran island of Inis Mór, jutting out from the Atlantic off of the west coast of Ireland.

I was in the fortunate position of having got the commission on the strength of my feature ‘Mountain of Hell‘, a story I shot in the French Alps last year. This meant that they wanted a similar style and approach, and were keen for me to shoot it in black and white, but equally were more or less happy for me to do my own thing. For photographers these are generally seen as dream assignments as it shows that the commissioning picture editor trusts you to explore the story in your own way, thus giving you much creative freedom. Finding this can be rare, especially when it’s your first time working for a new client.

Cage Fighting Photographs by Adam Smith

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Adam Smith is a documentary photographer based in Seattle, Washington. This work is from his series, Fight Journal. He writes:

‘Mixed Martial Arts, often referred to as MMA or Cage Fighting, is the fastest growing sport in North America. Driven, disciplined and dedicated, these individuals embrace the terrifying contradictions that are manifest in all humans. To succeed they must harness the power of human heart, embrace brutality’s beauty, endure crushing physical pain, and confront basic primal fears each day.’

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Photos of Burnout Competitions in Australia

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For the past six years I have been photographing the sub-culture of burnout competitions in Australia. The guys and girls who compete in the various competitions across Australia are a passionate bunch. As a photographer I enjoy the visual feast of a superb and powerful car on the black of the burnout pad juxtaposed against the softness of the tire smoke. In reality a burnout is extremely loud and aggressive but in the photos there is a sense of calm… poetic in a way.

Born in New Zealand, raised in Sydney, Simon Davidson discovered photography at the age of 25. His early years of photography were spent in the darkroom developing film and printing black and white images. Moving to New York in the late nineties to assist fashion photographers, Davidson returned to Australia in the new millennium to further assist before dabbling in fashion photography. A chance excursion to a street drag racing meet one cold winter evening changed the direction of his work, and he has been photographing Australian custom car culture as a personal endeavour for the last decade. This project has allowed him a healthy editorial career in the Australian modified and custom V8 car scene, leading to an advertising career. While the cars are central to the project, the people, and the characters are a rich source of subject.

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Stunning Photographs of Dancers and Contemporary Circus Performers

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Bertil Nilsson was born in Sweden and currently lives and works in London, U.K. He creates imagery for commercial and editorial clients alongside his artistic practice and personal projects. In his work, which takes inspiration from movement and the human form, he collaborates extensively with dancers and contemporary circus performers.

Nilsson’s first book, Undisclosed: Images of the Contemporary Circus Artist, was published in September 2011.

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Graphic Images of Empty Sports Courts

Elliott-Wilcox photography

Courts examines representations of the enclosed spaces of sports courts. In photographing the empty courts, absent of the fast paced action we are so familiar with, these environments reveal themselves in a new light. The camera shows details that the viewer can see closely, revealing many subtleties that usually go unnoticed. The vivid stains, ball marks, blood and scratches force the viewer to focus on these details rather than just the court.

Elliott Wilcox is a London based, British photographer who recently graduated from the University of Westminster, MA Photographic Studies program. He has exhibited internationally and in the UK, his first major series ‘Courts’ was part of the show ‘PRUNE – Abstracting Reality’ at FOAM Gallery Amsterdam.

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Quirky Photographs of a Fictitious Olympic Team

Oli Kellett Vodkovia photography London Olympics

Oli Kellett is a London-based photographer who earned his degree from St. Martins Art College. He worked at several London ad agencies as an art director before leaving in 2008 to pursue photography full time. His recent project is entitled ‘Team Vodkovia’ and features a digitally-designed team of olympic hopefuls from the fictitious country of Vodkovia.

Hunting Stands Photographed at Night

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Jesse Burke is a photographer working primarily with themes related to vulnerability and identity, as well as human’s complicated relationship with nature. Burke’s photographs evoke a deep lushness with images of velvet black darkness, blankets of pine needles, blood, love, and sadness. He is drawn to moments where a rupture or wound is physically, emotionally, or metaphorically inflicted. This series of hunting stands is part of a larger body of work entitled Blind. Burke writes:

Blind is an exploration into masculine identity as well as man’s obsession with and innate calling to simultaneously dominate and embrace the natural world. The work explores concepts related to hunting- such as death and power, fragility and vulnerability, identity, mutability and camouflage. I am also interested in the awkward, yet often beautiful and romantic, relationship we share with nature. The images serve largely as evidence of hunting rituals and are meant to evoke a sense of disconnect and strangeness, yet retain a seductive and tender quality.

Photo du jour: Jason Hindley

Bondi-Beach-pool-Jason HindleyPhoto by Jason Hindley

Dramatic Photos of Urban Free Running

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Laura Barisonzi is a NY-based photographer and director of photography shooting sports, lifestyle, and portraits on location. About this series on free running she writes: