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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2009-12-28

Decade Collection: Rod Mar
'That sense of anticipation is important, because in so many ways, all of sports and sports photography is about anticipation…'

By Rod Mar

Photo by Rod Mar / The Seattle Times

Photo by Rod Mar / The Seattle Times

All eyes are looking skyward Ichiro Suzuki imitates the superhero "Spiderman" and climbs the centerfield wall, waiting for Jim Thome's two-run homer during a baseball game on August 18, 2007 in Seattle, WA.
The oldest sports photography cliché in the book says that a great sports photo should have two faces and a ball.

This image doesn't have a ball, but it certainly has a lot of faces.

I shot this frame during a Seattle Mariners baseball game at Safeco Field in 2007. Seattle's perennial All-Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki scaled the centerfield wall, trying to make a play on a deep fly ball as a multitude of fans looked skyward in anticipation.

Initially, I was disappointed that this frame did not have the ball in it. Subsequent frames that had the ball didn't have the same impact at all, and I quickly got over the fact that there was no ball in the image.

It's not only Ichiro's Spiderman-like climb nor the faces of the fans that really makes this photo for me, but it's also that sense of anticipation one feels when looking at the image.

That sense of anticipation is important, because in so many ways, all of sports and sports photography is about anticipation --- as players and fans we are always wondering, "what will happen next?”


(Rod Mar is a freelance photographer based in Seattle, WA. He is formerly a staff photographer with the Seattle Times.)

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