Kelly Walsh vs. Riverton wrestling, under the light

2013.12.13

As soon as I walked into the dimly-lit gym at Casper’s Kelly Walsh High School and saw the spotlight hanging over the mat, my night was made. One essay came to mind: Preston Gannaway’s “Under the Light” from her time at the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire. It was a simple essay, but beautifully photographed and showed a different way of seeing high school wrestling than you are used to seeing in an average daily newspaper sports report. When you’re presented with light like that, you just have to use exactly what it gives you: form, shape, definition, shadow and highlight. Such a simple, direct, and lone source of light forces (or allows) you to go back to the basics. It acts as a simultaneous source of comfort and challenge.

Riverton at Kelly Walsh Varsity Wrestling

 

Riverton at Kelly Walsh Varsity Wrestling

 

Riverton at Kelly Walsh Varsity Wrestling

 

Riverton at Kelly Walsh Varsity Wrestling

 

Riverton at Kelly Walsh Varsity Wrestling

 

Riverton at Kelly Walsh Varsity Wrestling

 

Riverton at Kelly Walsh Varsity Wrestling

 

Riverton at Kelly Walsh Varsity Wrestling

 

Riverton at Kelly Walsh Varsity Wrestling

 

Riverton at Kelly Walsh Varsity Wrestling

 

Riverton at Kelly Walsh Varsity Wrestling

 

Riverton at Kelly Walsh Varsity Wrestling

 

Riverton at Kelly Walsh Varsity Wrestling

 

Riverton at Kelly Walsh Varsity Wrestling

one comment

  1. Great stuff. One of those assignments where you show up and most think, “man if I don’t get some great shots I should just hang the camera up”, but even then it’s still real easy to walk away with nothing. Good work. I’m jealous.

    Vincent Johnson, December 14, 2013

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