On Assignment

The Relentless Pursuit

Creating an image that has never been attempted or successfully taken is always my primary goal. The relentless pursuit of something new and fresh. My mind never turns off from this consuming creative thinking. While this can certainly weigh heavy on my shoulders, it is a driving force.

Last year, I was able to do that in covering the greatest two minutes in sport, the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. Much like a powerful race horse, I began developing the idea and putting things in motion to make it happen a year in advance. Remote cameras in covering sport are nothing new. However, I am always working through ideas and viewpoints in my mind to put myself, and the viewer, in a position they have not been in or seen before. Last year, that manifested in placing a remote camera on the light pole at the finish line at Churchill Downs.

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While there are definitely those who are very content in following what has been done before and replicating those photos and playing it safe, for me, that is just unacceptable. I demand and expect more out of myself and my clients expect the same from me as well.

LOUISVILLE, KY. - MAY 2, 2015: American Pharaoh victorious during the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. (Andrew Hancock for The New York Times)

LOUISVILLE, KY. – MAY 2, 2015: American Pharaoh victorious during the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. (Andrew Hancock for The New York Times)

While I wont be there this year as I am up to my eyes in two big projects requiring my full attention (that and a little bit of family time after being on the road most of the year so far), I passed on my assignment for the Derby. That being said, I wish my friends who will be covering the race the best of luck and hope that they have a great shoot and can’t wait to see what gets created!

Even though I decided against covering this year’s Derby, don’t worry, if there is another chance at a Triple Crown, I will be back at Belmont to do it again!

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