Here’s another Throwback Thursday for you.
Towards the end of the 93-94 basketball season, I contacted the Quad City Thunder about shooting a game. The Thunder were part of the Continental Basketball Association and played home games in The Mark of the Quad Cities. The CBA is now defunct and the Mark has been renamed the iWireless Center.
At the first game I photographed I shot this five photo sequence of “Mega Thunder Man”. The PR Director was so pleased with it that I was invited to shoot the remainder of the season and spent the following three seasons as the team photographer.
I see the Throwback Thursday posts on Facebook and Twitter and thought I would try one of my own. This was my first ever photo published in a national magazine. It appeared in the June 1993 issue of Open Wheel magazine. It hit the newsstands in May while I was still in college at Western Illinois. At the time I didn’t know that much about sprint car racing but my friend Shawn Sullivan was there to teach me everything I needed to know. It amazes me to think about how much different this process was compared to digital photography of today. I took this photo on black and white film which I developed and printed myself in smelly chemicals. I then snail-mailed 8×10 prints off to the magazine where they were stored until one fit their needs. Now you can have a photo on the internet within seconds of taking it.
Let me know what you think of Throwback Thursday. Should I do more of them?