Saturday Down South
In September of 2015 I was commissioned to document the culture of a game day in Tuscaloosa. That particular day was a big one : Ole Miss was traveling to Alabama and the ESPN Gameday crew was on campus. The first part of my day was spent capturing the entire experience of a Gameday show recording - the rabid fans, the iconic hosts, the guest picker (musician Eric Church) and of course Coach Nick Saban.
The game was at night and I had most of the day to explore the campus and capture what ever I found interesting. I had no specific shot list - just an afternoon to wander amongst the bars, the frat houses and tailgates - meeting and photographing people along the way.
I entered Bryant-Denny stadium after the Walk of Champions, a game day tradition where the Bama players walk from the bus to the locker room through a sea of fans. Instead of a side-line pass, I was given a 50 yard line ticket to the game. My images from inside the stadium captured more of what it felt like to be at the game, not the game itself. I would love to do more of this type of work - capturing the raw environment that makes live sporting events so emotionally charged and riveting.