Stepping aside from the usual nature and landscape imagery, a beautiful day here today in Edmonton at a sunny 17 degrees Celsius…makes me want to talk hockey. That’s right, hockey! We are not going to talk about the Coyotes win against L.A. today to force game five in the Stanley Cup semi finals and we’re not going to discuss what’s going on with the Rangers and the Devils. Nope! We are going right to the games that really count…minor hockey.
For the past three years I have set out and photographed three separate tournaments where my good friend Kenton’s son has participated in. For three years… at ages 8, 9 and 10, I have witnessed hockey skills improve dramatically with 1 tournament win, a second and a third place finish. Each years improvement in skills and game knowledge also comes improvement in skating. What this means is that those little buggers are getting faster and faster making it more challenging to capture sharp images. Now generally speaking when photographing minor hockey, it’s all about the kids and the photographers job is to capture little “Johnny” in a tight frame such that he is recognizable either by face or jersey number. An image that Moms and Dads like to put in the family album to remember the 5 a.m practices and those “ hockey “ days long after the kids have grown up and set out on their own.
I like motion and blurs and those that have visited my impressionist gallery will know what I mean. In the tournament this past March, I wanted to capture the excitement of the game not only in a traditional sense but also in an artistic manner as would be seen from the eyes of an impressionist artist or painter.
Until next time…