Once again we spent our Thanksgiving in sunny Florida. The weather was absolutely perfect (“chilly” according the Floridians). The food didn’t stop. The company was warming. It was a perfect holiday.
Now here is a photo debate I can really sink my teeth in to. Sports Illustrated recently chose the 100 greatest sports photos of all time (weighing on the American-side). Their #1 choice is definitely a surprise: Fernando Medina’s image of Michael Jordan’s game-winning shot in the 1998 NBA championship.
When seeing the title of this list, I instantly thought it would be “Ali vs. Liston” by the great Neil Leifer. Not even close… number 93. Now I am a sucker for lists like this, especially when it comes to baseball and music (the best right-handed hitters of the ’50′s, the best indie albums of the ’80′s, etc.), and this particular one gets the job done by churning the photographic waves. There many iconic images in this list. Some are no-brainers. Some are a bit questionable. It is a tad difficult to separate the important sports “moment” versus the best “photograph”. Those are not always one in the same.
Either way, it’s still a delight to go through each of these and take wonder in the craft of great sports photography.
However, I will throw in my two cents and seriously question the omission of this unreal image taken by Mark Pain at the 2010 Ryder Cup. I can stare at this picture all day. This is a once-in-a-lifetime photograph.
What is your favorite sports photograph? Do you agree with Sports Illustrated’s list?
I’m proud to have my photographs featured on the newly revamped website of the amazing Salon V in New York City’s East Village.
Here on the island
and so much sea
it says yes, then no,
then no, no, no,
then yes, in blue,
in foam, with gallops,
it says no, again no.
It cannot stay still,
my name is sea, it repeats
while slamming against rocks
but unable to convince rocks,
with seven green tongues
of seven green dogs,
of seven green tigers,
of seven green seas,
it smothers rocks, kisses rocks,
and slamming its chest,
repeats its name.
- excerpt from the poem “Ode to the Sea” by Pablo Neruda
The images that keep streaming in of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction are indescribable. It pains me to keep looking at these wonderful Jersey Shore towns (and every single other town and city in her path) and to see so much taken away by Mother Nature.
Below, the top image is of 79th Street in Avalon, NJ, taken by me on October 29, 2010. The bottom shot was photographed this morning, October 31, 2012, by Avalon Public Information Officer Scott Wahl. Same fence. Same location. Opposite direction.
I have blog posts talking about my love of the South Jersey shore. and photo galleries over the past couple years taken at this exact time of season.