Rooting for a photograph

West York's Brock Gladfelter goes down during a rundown during the Bulldogs' semifinal 8-1 victory

Post by Jason Plotkin

Sometimes I root for a photo.
I’m not allowed to takes sides. Whether I’m shooting high school sports, politics or a preschool spelling bee, I’m always supposed to be unbiased. When I cover an assignment, no one should ever know my personal feelings about what I am photographing.
There are times, though, when I get a photo I like, that I hope the results of the story can mirror my favorite photograph. It’s not that I want a team to lose or I want bad things to happen. I just want to use this photo. Nothing personal.
Yesterday I was shooting West York baseball. They had a tremendous game and I got photographs that showed the action of the day. You can check out the story and a slideshow here.
There was one player, Brock Gladfelter, who seemed to be in a lot of my photos. One in particular was during a rundown where he stumbled and fell while the runner got past him. The expression on his face was one of agony. I don’t wish pain or injury on anyone, especially with the Bulldogs going into the state championship on Friday in State College, but I thought his expression was impacting.
I’m a fan of action photographs. Peak action can be very cool and make some neat photos. But emotion, whether it’s joy or pain, can be just as compelling. I was glad to hear Gladfelter wasn’t hurt, but with West York handily winning the game, this photograph would probably not make the paper.
That’s where slideshows and blogs have become a photographer’s backup best friend. I can share these photographs on Twitter and facebook, and blog about them like I am now.
I can share these moments and talk about them and reassure people that I am not rooting for or against them. I am just rooting for a great photo to tell a great story.

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