by Julia Gotz June. 07, 2007 6006 views

Central Tech is a massive high school around the corner from me. I pass the running track/playing field every day, and I figure it's a good place to get to for the last half hour of good light if I finish work on time.

Yesterday, The Toronto Dragons [] were using the field for their rugby practice. You would have to work hard to find someone who knows less about rugby then me. I learned a lot listening to the coach. It's a challenge to shoot something so far from my own experience. I wonder what a person learns through playing a contact sport like rugby. The cliche is that men aren't in touch with their feelings, but when I watch the practice, I think how out of touch I am with the range of feelings expressed here.

I know women who have been seriously into team sports, and I feel they have a particular aspect of self-knowledge that I admire. I want an opportunity to photograph women's sports soon. If anyone has suggestions for women's athletics in downtown Toronto, let me know.












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Stormfish 9 years, 11 months ago

gosh... *frowns"... men and their balls...

but again (and i don't really get if you do this on purpose), you're portraying the monstrous gawking of normality in your shots. i love that. it's a picture style i fail to master since years. and it looks to light and easy in your pics... *sigh*

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Jon 9 years, 11 months ago

excellent post !

we have women's rugby clubs in New Jersey and they play tough as hell

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Sandra 9 years, 11 months ago

this is an amazing post, the movements, the expressions, the ruggedness, the determination, the strength, everything is so well captured. great!

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Matt Ross 9 years, 11 months ago

Interesting set. I love the expressions.

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Rebecca Cipolla 9 years, 11 months ago

great focus and expressions. I think I like the black and whites best.

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Lori 9 years, 11 months ago

You did a fabulous job capturing the intensity of the players. The players would probably really like to have copies of the shots you took. Like you, I know nothing about the game but it looks so much more physical than other sports.

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Carley 9 years, 11 months ago

Really interesting! This is a foreign world to me to, and it's fascinating!

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Tortoise 9 years, 11 months ago

Gritty, but needs more blood.

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Abe Jackson 9 years, 11 months ago

..lots of intensity..

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Toby Hinshaw 9 years, 11 months ago

Man...I would love to take some photos of rugby. I don't get to follow it as much as I would like, but I think it is a fascinating game. These are great. I love the first one and the facial expression on #4 is great.

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