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.
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.