Little did I know before moving to Indiana, the state is crazy for high school basketball. My “research” before photographing this season was to watch the movie Hoosiers. The film conveys the essence and beauty of basketball in Indiana: everything from the misty, rolling farm fields with hand-painted signs supporting teams, the trail of cars that follow the players to playoff games, and the fact that everyone in each town cares about their team. The high schools play for more than the game itself; they play for the community’s respect and to carry on the team’s history.
Here at The Herald, I am learning more about developing the narrative arc throughout edits. With that in mind, here is an edit of my high school basketball season photos. I focused on moments surrounding the game that communicate what the sport means to the community.
One challenge I faced, and can be hard in general, is photographing athletes after season-ending losses. As much as I could, I tried to be around the teams I covered when during happy and neutral times, so that it felt normal to document their losses too.
Photographers: what challenges do you face in high school sports coverage and how do you try to overcome them?