As a photographer, you get to see some weird and wonderful things. A perfect illustration of this came when I did a shoot at the 2014 National Dodgeball Association (NDA) tournament at Play on Sports near Canary Wharf, London.
All teams come dressed in some type of fancy dress uniform. This year, we were treated with teams with a James Bond theme (“Live and Let Dodge!”), Nintendo characters (“Ninten-Dodge”), plus a vast array of Superheroes and villians, Star Wars and Lego characters, the All BlacksNew Zealand Rugby team and, of course, grown-up men and women in onesies.
Before the tournament begins, each team does an “intro dance”. There were some clever, well thought out choreographed routines, but the sense of fun is a clear priority throughout the day. Once you’ve seen Yoda, the Incredible Hulk and Pikachu getting into the groove, or Batman chatting to someone dressed as a snowman, you realise it’s time to suspend reality for a while and just enjoy the event.
Being focused behind the lens in a sports setting, you don’t always get the full perspective of the day. However, I couldn’t fail to notice that the whole tournament was conducted in a wonderful, friendly atmosphere, with staff and volunteers ensuring the day ran smoothly.
As a photographer, my main aim was to ensure that I was able to “dodge, dip, dive, duck, and dodge”The five D's of Dodgeball, quote from the 2004 film, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story the ball myself. Actually, I didn’t care if I got hit, I was far more concerned about the camera, so the lens hood stayed on!
Thanks to the organisers and the participants themselves for a great day.
Below are a selection of my photographs from the day, please be patient while they load (170 photos, 7.4Mb).
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