It’s important to know where to begin your story. Begin telling your story where it works best to excite your audience about your message.
Susan says, “Basketball is for everyone, regardless of height. These little players have as much invested in the ball going through the hoop as the tall pros. But that hoop is just so far away that everything takes longer: longer for the ball to get there, longer for the suspense to last, longer for everyone to watch with anticipation, hope or despair. So many sports photos feature that moment of triumph, fist pumping and chest thumping, aerial acrobatics, slam-dunk after effects. This captures a very different moment and tells quite another story. Little boys, barely tall enough to make it into the frame, wait for the outcome way above them. This is a story too as much as the stories told about the big boys. March madness on a small scale.”
Lucia says, “I was waiting for one of the boys to jump up above the crowd to create a dramatic photo. There was so much space between the little guys and their basket overhead, I couldn’t see what else could make the scene compelling. But I went for it anyway. And was rewarded with something unique and lovely. Had I been successful in getting a shot of my original idea, I would have ended up with a sports cliché. Composing the photo with the boys at the bottom of the frame looking up with hope and anticipation captured a sweet moment and created a different perspective. Sometimes being open to a different outcome can result in a finer story. By the way, the team in the green jerseys went on to win the championship.”
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