Anyone that’s ever attended a Super Bowl game will tell you that it’s a magical, larger than life experience. For photographers, the opportunity to spend the game on the sidelines as a credentialed photographer for the big game is a once in a lifetime opportunity, one that came for basketball star, Kevin Durant yesterday at Super Bowl 50.
Durant was already in town for a Saturday night basketball game and jumped on the offer to shoot the Super Bowl on behalf of The Player’s Tribune. Durant, an admitted amateur photographer (rocking the Canon 7D for those interested), goes into some detail about the experience and the difficulties that sports photographers face in the madness that is a professional sporting event. His frank discussion about his time on the sidelines and the humility he displays is refreshing.
In a world replete with example after example of professional athletes with bad attitudes, an over-sized sense of entitlement, and a bad attitude about most anything, I expected more of the same from Durant’s article. I was pleasantly surprised. Instead of an entitled recitation of all the fun stuff I’ll probably never get to experience (I’m bitter, I know), I was met with an interesting write-up by someone that “has it made,” yet stays grateful, humble, and expresses excitement at opportunities with which they are presented.
“…before you say it, I can see the irony of ‘Kevin Durant is a member of the media for a day.’ But I had the time of my life taking sideline photos for the night. I’ve got a lot of interests outside of basketball, and one of them is doing things I haven’t done before, like stepping into the shoes of a photographer and learning about what it’s all about…”
Check out Kevin’s firsthand account of his experience as a sports photographer at Super Bowl 50, and see if his height does give you some different views of the game.
“I may be just starting out, but I also like to think that at my height, I might have some different angles than other photographers.”