One of our jobs as photojournalists is to take the reader and viewer to places he or she can’t go. That means we, as photographers, get to go places where other people can’t go and show off those places through our photographs. Going to those places is a privilege, one which I don’t take lightly. I truly appreciate people letting me and my camera into their world, however brief, that journey might be.
Last Friday the Yakima Valley Pippins baseball debuted in Yakima. Wanting to show our readers and viewers a different scene from the team’s first game in Yakima, Herald-Republic digital media producer Madison McCord and I went into the Pippins’ locker room just before the game to capture manager Marcus McKimmy’s pre-game talk to his players.
But another photo I like even more is one I shot a half-hour earlier, also in the Pippins’ locker room:
I shot just a few frames of Garrett, slipping in and out of the locker room as quickly and quietly as I could so as not to disturb him or break his concentration.
I know that I’ve broken all sorts of rules of composition by positioning him directly in the center of the frame but I wanted to emphasize how he was sitting there all alone in the locker room. The photo got better later in the evening when Garrett went on to get the win for the Pippins in their Yakima debut.
This photo ran in our online photo gallery but not in print. The photo with manager Marcus McKimmy was the lead image on our sports section the next morning.
I really appreciate the Pippins management for letting Madison and me into the locker room before the game.