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  • Posted June 7, 2007 by Julia Gotz Viewed 1155 times

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 [torontodragonsrugby.ca] 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.

quadricep

try

men

will

tower

swivel

hold

triangle

dance

titan

coach

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    • # Stormfish

      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*

      2007.06.11 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jon

      excellent post !

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

      2007.06.07 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Sandra

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

      2007.06.06 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lori

      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.

      2007.06.06 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Carley

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

      2007.06.06 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Toby Hinshaw

      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.

      2007.06.05 Edited Reply Cancel

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