Long before photography, my first love was soccer. I played from age 5 through the start of college, on travelling teams, my high school team, and with the Olympic Development Program. And then one day, I just stopped. I was tired. I was burnt out. And I needed a change. Right around that same time, I took a black and white photo class at a community college, and I fell in love with photography. But, if I hadn’t, I would have gone to Auburn University, where I had a shot at a walk-on soccer scholarship… And if I hadn’t, I’d be a veterinarian right now.
So while I miss soccer terribly. I still get super excited about things like watching the World Cup, and getting out to see our local team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies (next time I’m at my dad’s house, I absolutely must scan in the photo of me at an original Rowdies game in the late 70s, with Pele in the background when the NY Cosmos came to town to play). Usually I don my yellow and green striped jersey and scarf and cheer them on, but tonight I got to photograph them for the paper… my worlds colliding, I had a blast.