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I’ve just returned from London, where I spent the past two weeks working as a photographer and video producer for www.wimbledon.com, the official tournament website of the Championships Wimbledon. As this was my second year working on the tournament media staff, I wanted to produce a body of work that was unique and different from the work I did there last year.
Whereas last year I focused primarily on shooting still photos, this year I decided to shoot lots of video, and aimed my efforts at producing story and scene-setting video pieces for the tournament website and social media channels.
The four videos above are my favorites from my two weeks there. The first is a piece I shot and edited of Novak Djokovic, the top ranked tennis player in the world, as he practiced before his semi-final match against Juan Martin Del Potro. I decided to lay down my footage to clips I selected from several of Novak’s press conferences that he gave throughout the tournament. If the piece was to be narrated, I thought it best to have it done so by the subject himself. This was published on wimbledon.com as well as across the tournament’s social media outlets on the day of the men’s Championship match, which Djokovic ultimately lost to Andy Murray in straight sets.
The second is a similar piece which follows the same formula, but with Andy Murray as the subject. It takes you behind the scenes to the practice courts at the All England Club just two days before Andy Murray won his first Wimbledon Championship in front of his home United Kingdom crowd. In the audio clips I selected from Murray’s press conferences throughout the tournament, he discusses the pressures he faces year in and year out to win Wimbledon as a native of the United Kingdom.This was published on wimbledon.com as well as across the tournament’s social media outlets on the morning of his championship match against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, whom he defeated in straight sets.
The third, which was actually the first video I made from this year’s tournament, was conceived by tennis journalist, Benjamin Snyder, and I. Struck by a sense of timelessness as we walked through the empty grounds of the All England Club before the tournament began, we decided to channel those sentiments into a script narrated in the first person. If this tournament itself could talk, what would it say? ‘I Am Wimbledon’ was born. This was published on wimbledon.com as well as across the tournament’s social media outlets on the first day of play of the 2013 Championships.
Finally, the last video is just a quick overall scene piece I made of the sights during a rain delay at Wimbledon. It’s nothing too special or fancy. It was aimed to be something for people to watch to pass the time as they waited out the delay. This was published on wimbledon.com as well as across the tournament’s social media outlets.
I’m happy with how these turned out, and really enjoyed experimenting and trying new things with HD DSLR video. It’s a medium that allows so many possibilities, and I look forward to building off of this body of work.
Andy Murray has finally won Wimbledon. I don’t have much time to write now, but I wanted to get these photos up. I’ll be sure to post a wrap from the entire tournament within the next few days to a week.
Congratulations Mr. Murray!
To my surprise, I was asked last minute by a Wimbledon reporter to join her as she went below Centre Court to speak with Roman Zoltawski, the official All England Club trophy engraver, as he prepared for the Ladies’ Singles Championship Final.
Zoltawski lives in Poland, but has made it his tradition to drive to Wimbledon in his red convertible for the 34 years he’s been the Club’s engraver. Here is the full story with the photo attached. It’s certainly worth the read.
That’s the first time I had been up close to this trophy, so it was neat to see in person!
Here are photos from men’s Semi-Final day at Wimbledon. It was a great day of tennis all around. These are just a few snaps from around the grounds at the All England Club.
It was another busy one out at the Championships Wimbledon today, but an exciting one to say the least.
I was able to get out early in the morning and roam the grounds while they were still empty. It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress and hustle and bustle of the media workroom and forget what a beautiful place the All England Club really is. Walking around and shooting by myself before the crowds got in was therapeutic, and definitely put me in the right mindset for the rest of the day.
The photos above are a mix of what I shot throughout the day, including a visit by the Golden Bear himself, Jack Nicklaus.
Tomorrow I’ll be shooting video, which I’ve done periodically throughout this tournament. I plan to post all my video work from this year’s Wimbledon to the blog when I have a better internet connection and some more time. Until tomorrow!
I couldn’t find much time to go out and shoot on this first day of the second week of this year’s Wimbledon. It seemed like there was an endless amount of desk work, editing, and requests that kept coming in.
I’ve learned by now that that’s just how some days go! I managed to quickly take these few snaps above.
I don’t have much time to write for this post, but it’s been an amazing, incredibly busy, memorable first week here at Wimbledon. Here’s a look at the action I saw around the grounds on Day Six.
Tomorrow is middle Sunday, which means the tennis takes a rest and so do I. Back for another week on Monday!
We had another crazy day at Wimbledon today. Despite rain delays that stopped play for big chunks of time, there was still plenty to shoot and do to keep the visual end of wimbledon.com running smoothly.
I also shot and edited some rain delay video for the website, which I’ll be posting at the end of the tournament.
That’s all from day five.
Rain held up lots of play late this afternoon, so we had a relatively slow fourth day of the tournament. There wasn’t much tennis shooting to be done, so here’s an assortment of photos I snapped.
It was a bit of a strange day here in SW19. At the moment, I can think of at least eight players from both the men’s and women’s side of the main draw retired or withdrew from the tournament due to injuries. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Maria Sharapova are among several out by the second round. It’s certainly something I’ve never seen before.
But despite all the weirdness on court, the tournament goes on and there’s still plenty to shoot off court. Since there was some downtime during matches today, I tried to document the moments happening outside of tennis.
Thanks for looking, and goodbye until tomorrow!