Crushers, Part 3

I'm not sure I've ever worked this hard in the course of 3 hours. While I was shooting these photos, I was running around, getting up on chairs, leaning down low, yelling out instructions... By the time I was done, I was sweaty, thirsty, and exhausted. I felt like I'd had a workout along with the boxers. It was difficult and interesting, and I can't wait to go back. These boys are amazing.


Englewood Crushers, part 2

Well, I'm pretty sure I know I'm doing the right thing working on this photo essay, because I'm waking up in the middle of the night thinking about it. I mean, I'd way rather be asleep, but it also feels good to be so excited about a project I really believe in. It's really consuming my thoughts and creativity, even when I'm not there or working on the images. I keep thinking, how's a better way to light this while keeping it from looking lit? Or, how am I going to reduce all this noise from underexposed images shot at ISO 4000? I've even started listening to hip hop. (I highly recommend Kendrick Lamar, if you can handle a bit of uh, adult language.)

I know I'm going to figure it out, and I'm trying not to worry too much about how to do it, because with this kind of photojournalism, I think you just show up and do your best to capture what's there... you can't plan too much anyway. But still.

Also, apologies to my friends -- I'm not blowing you off, I know I've been sort of AWOL, I'm just really preoccupied these days. June and July should hopefully be a little calmer.

And with that, here are some more images from the project. Yesterday was an intense day of editing down all the pictures I took Friday and Saturday (thanks for helping me out with that, Dan)!

Crushers: the beginning of a photo essay

Last night, I had the opportunity, along with some other EPIC volunteers, to get our first look at the gym for the Englewood Crushers. This is a club run by Restoring the Path, working to keep inner-city kids out of gangs and off the streets. This is the beginning of what will become a photo essay about those kids. This place is just amazing. On first impression, it was loud, full of energy, alive, and fascinating. I can't wait to go back and take more pictures for them!