Last weekend I got the opportunity to photograph a team of hard core roller skaters. I say hard core because this wasn't just some bunch of die hard roller blade enthusiasts. No, this was an actual team of girls who compete regularly in Roller Derby events. They all have team nick names on their shirts, wear war paint and like nothing better than storming round a track knocking the stuffing out of their opponents....oh yeah and they don't use roller blades, they're oldschool, they use roller boots...which don't even have stoppers.
Anyway, in addition to being introduced to a new sport, I was also partaking in a different genre of photography to the usual. A spot of urbex don't you know. Urbex is simply slang for urban exploration. It's where you go to places that you probably shouldn't go to without a hard hat and a spare stretcher. Derelict buildings, condemned sites, that kind of business. We thought it would be a little different to the norm and help give the girls a bit more of an edgy hard ass look.
All things told this was a relatively simple shoot, just a few head shots to help promote the team. Everything looked set for a great shoot...apart from one thing. The weather. It was such a miserable day I can't begin to tell you. That really wet rain again. Taking the pictures wasn't the main concern, (we're always prepared) it was more that the girls would have to endure an hour or so in these very damp, cold conditions.
Thing is though, Roller Derby girls aren't like you or I. They're made of tougher stuff. A bit of wet weather is clearly nothing compared to what they'd happily endure on any other given weekend.
It was in the end a load of fun (despite the rain), and I'd just like to say a big thanks to all the girls for being such great sports. Good luck at the next event!
All the best,
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