@Regranned from @thecircuitclimbing - The Circuit diaries part 6.
Faces make photos!
Sure, every rule is made to be broken, and there's some amazing photos without faces, where the climber is facing the wall, but for me I like catching the face, catching the emotion and intensity.
For me, on of the most difficult parts is actually being seen. As a photographer, during the action, I would much rather be invisible. Yet I've an incredible selection of photos of climbers hamming it up for the camera. Smiling at me, giving the little tongue poke, even waving midroute or problem.
What scares me though is the thought of distracting a climber and then a mistake happening. Heck, even the thought of breaking their focus is bad enough!
It drives me mad when I see photographers trying to get athletes attention. The climbers are there to do a job, one they've put years, decades, of training into! If they want to ham it up for the camera, they'll see us, and they'll get our attention, not the other way around! If they want to react to me, to my camera, then that's their prerogative (and it sure makes for some awesome shots)
The great Graeme Alderson once told me off for shouting support from the photographer area, and I came to learn that anything on the field of play, or in front of the coaches zone, is a silent area. It's a rule I always respect!
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