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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2004-08-30

Tampa Bay Lightning team photographer Scott Audette to have gallery show
A collection of 26 beautifully framed photographs will be exhibited at the Tampa Museum of Art from September 1-21, 2004

By Brad Mangin, SportsShooter.com

Photo by Scott Audette

Photo by Scott Audette

The beer flows freely as Martin Cibak pours a can into Vincent Lecavalier's mouth and on Stan Neckar's head in the Lightning locker room following the Game 7 victory. Pavel Kubina, from left, Nolan Pratt and Ben Clymer join in the fun.
A collection of 26 beautifully framed photographs by Tampa Bay Lightning team photographer Scott Audette will be exhibited at the Tampa Museum of Art from September 1-21. These powerful off-ice photographs have never been seen before and represent the emotions and true determination of the Lightning during the Stanley Cup Finals vs. the Calgary Flames.

Audette was granted unprecedented access to the team during the Finals in order to capture the behind-the-scenes moments that led to the Lightning's rise to the top of the hockey world. From team meetings and pre-game preparation to stitches by team doctors during intermissions - Audette was there to capture it all both in Tampa and Calgary.

The Stanley Cup will be on display on Tuesday, September 21 at a cocktail reception and auction of the photographs, which will take place at the Tampa Museum of Art from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The collection will be hung in the main gallery with food, drinks and entertainment available in a beautiful area adjacent to the gallery that overlooks the Hillsborough River. Tickets are $50 per person for the reception and auction. The reception is by invitation only.

Tampa Bay Lightning season ticket holders will receive an invitation to the reception and auction. During the reception, guests will have the opportunity to bid on a print of each of the photographs that will later be signed by the players and framed for the highest bidder. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Tampa Museum of Art and the Lightning Foundation.

This is the first solo show for Audette and he is very proud to get the chance to showcase his work and help out a wonderful charity at the same time.

In a weird twist of fate, even though he was raised in Massachusetts, Audette never followed hockey much until he moved to Florida and started working for the Lightning.

Photo by Scott Audette

Photo by Scott Audette

Audette's show is hung at the Tampa Museum of Art on Friday afternoon, August 27, 2004.
Audette's normal duties as team photographer involve shooting every home game so the club has a good selection of pictures to use in all team publications. He also posts images on the team website after every game.

Having never photographed much behind the scenes with the club, Audette took advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity when Lightning head coach John Tortorella came up to him with the idea of documenting the Stanley Cup Finals behind the scenes. "Tortorella thought this was going to be something special and wanted the guys to have something to remember the Cup by," said Audette.

Audette went on to say that Tortorella is one of his biggest supporters in the building and that the Lightning locker room is covered with 50-60 framed prints. He said that the head coach loves photographs.

Lightning equipment manager Dana Heinze was very instrumental in making the behind-the-scenes project happen. Heinze is one of Audette's good friends and he helped ease Scott into the locker room, allowing him to feel more comfortable. A close buddy, photographer Scott Iskowitz, works with him each and every home game to set up, edit and break down gear. Iskowitz's extra help during the playoffs allowed Audette to focus on the off-ice action.

"Team captain Dave Andreychuk laid down the ground rules for me. It's his locker room. Before game one he told me that he would wave me off if there was something going on that I shouldn't be here for," said Audette.

After getting the blessing of Andreychuk, Audette had carte blanch access to the locker room. Shooting the entire project with a Canon EOS Mark II digital camera, Scott was able to go wherever he wanted to document the Lighning's exciting seven-game Stanley Cup series victory over the Calgary Flames, even the always off-limits trainers room.

Photo by Scott Audette

Photo by Scott Audette

Fredrik Modin shares a smile of relief with Pavel Kubina in the training room in Calgary after a double-overtime victory forced Game 7 in Tampa. The entire city of Calgary had been prepared to celebrate with the Stanley Cup that evening.
When the whirlwind of excitement finally died down after the Lightning won the Stanley Cup, Audette looked at his collection of pictures and thought that they would make a great gallery show. "I went to Nancy Crane, the Lightning Foundation Director, and presented the idea to her. I told her that we should show the hockey fans what goes on in the locker room," and she thought it was a great idea.

The entire show was printed on an Epson 4000 printer on Epson ultra-smooth fine art 17 inch wide paper. All of the prints run from 15 x 20 to 15 x 24 inches. They are framed up as 20 x 30 inches and are all mounted on acid free materials and covered with UV protected glass.

Lightning Director Of Public Relations Jay Preble has been a huge help to Audette in getting the show together. He has helped with all captions for photographs and has handled all publicity for show.

The Tampa Museum of Art is located at 600 North Ashley Drive in downtown Tampa.

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