Featured Volunteer – Blood n Goring
#f/2.8 - Volunteer Photographer
Derby Name: Blood N’ Goring
Team: I love all of the teams equally (that and I don’t want to get beat up by anyone 😉 )
Where do you work?
I work at a golf course most days, and outside of that I do photography. For the last few years I’ve worked for the Hamilton Tiger-cats as well as the Toronto International Film Festival, and covered a lot of different sports/events as well. I’ve shot everything from the Grey Cup, to Ryan Gosling to Killer sheep on the red carpet and I’m always eager to get out and shoot whenever and wherever I can.
How did you get started shooting derby?
A friend of mine named Erin actually suggested we check out a game in Toronto on a whim one day. We both shot together fairly often and were always looking for something new and exciting and thought it might be fun to check it out. We both had a blast and loved the atmosphere and people, despite knowing nothing about the sport prior to going. Everyone was having so much fun, so when I heard about a league starting up in Niagara in the paper I knew I had to be a part of it.
What are your hobbies outside of derby/photography?
I’m a big Horror fan and collect movie posters, autographs and DVDs…so if I’m not out working/shooting I’m pretty much a basement dweller discovering new films and revisiting old ones.
What is your derby name? What’s the story behind it?
I owe Tennessee Frisky credit for that one, I couldn’t pick one and she knew I loved horror films and she came up with “Blood n Goring” which is pretty fitting. My # is f/2.8 which is a camera lens f stop reference.
What would you be doing right now if you weren’t involved with photography?
Probably in the basement watching movies or standing in line to meet a zombie extra from The Walking Dead.
What’s your favorite part of the derby experience?
The people and atmosphere, everyone is always laughing and having fun, even when they are on opposing teams. It’s great to see how everyone helps out behind the scenes and really cares about the league as a whole and their fellow skaters. It’s also pretty amazing to see how everyone supports each other (on the track, and while on crutches) and even travel to other towns/cities to support other leagues, the whole derby culture is pretty awesome and it’s like one big family that continues to grow year after year.
What position would you most like to play?
Anything where I won’t get injured, so maybe score keeper….is that area of the track even safe?
Who is your Hero?
Most Memorable Derby Moment?
I love the team intros, when each member hears their name over the speakers and lights up with their whole team all around them and the crowd cheering. It’s pretty awesome.
Charging my batteries and running late.
What’s your own Athletic Background?
I played a lot of sports growing up, soccer for several years (both indoor and outdoor), besides that hockey, competitive swimming, rowing, basketball, tennis, golf, curling even figure skating (I was 3 or 4 and was forced into it by my parents to learn how to skate, give me a break). Was I any good at them? ….probably not.
Advice to Someone Interested in photographing derby?
WATCH OUT for oncoming skaters, they won’t stop just because you are foolishly lying on the track trying to get that perfect shot……oh and have fun.
Who do you want to give a SHOUT-OUT to?
A special shout out to whoever opens the doors at the beginning of the bouts to get some fresh air flowing through the arena, it can get hot in there.
I’d also like to thank all of those who volunteer their time off the track to keep the league up and running be it at bouts, community events or just coordinating things, it’s great to see the league doing so well and continuing to grow.
Also a shout out to my grandmother for always saving any Derby related articles from the newspaper for me.
Likes: Puppies, Rainbows, long walks in the cemetery, horror movies
I’m going with Jennifer “Lock and Roll” for this one for bringing the Niagara Roller Girls league to the area, it’s been a lot of fun to shoot and see it continue to grow over the years, it gets bigger and better every year and I hope it continues for many years to come. Thanks again to all the NRG who make every event a ton of fun.