history in the making
When I was first starting out in the business, my photo editors would always tell me to make an overall at every assignment.
The overall would always be a quick half-hearted attempt before I started shooting the real stuff.
I wasn’t interested in what the totality of the scene looked like but was more concerned with the focused moments and interactions.
“Tight is right” is a motto that some sports shooters live by. I followed that mantra for years. Only being pleased if the entire frame was filled by two faces and a ball.
In recent years, I have loosened up my compositions and have started to really enjoy the added context in each image.
Besides context, a looser composition gives an image a longer shelf life.
At each sporting event I shoot now, I make sure that I come back with at least one interesting action-based overall that shows what the venue looks like. The best place for this is at a high school gymnasium.
I can imagine in 50 years looking back at the photo above that I made last night at Plainfield North High School and getting the same feelings that I now get looking at images from the 1950s.