Athletes Among Us: Jordan Matter
Last year, photographer Jordan Matter produced a wonderful series of images, called Dancers Among Us. The series was wildly popular and yielded a best-selling book that was praised by everyone from The Washington Post to Diane Sawyer. Matter is back with a brand new project which draws, at least in part, in his own experiences growing up. “I had been bullied for as long as I could remember,” he says. “I was a shy, skinny kid with bright red hair and a funny name, a million freckles covering an otherwise alabaster body. I was an irresistible target. Yet no matter how difficult my day had been, I always found solace on the baseball field, where I had one simple objective: Learn how to hit the ball as hard and as far as I possibly could. Over the years I spent countless hours pursuing that goal.” His latest project, Athletes Among Us, is a celebration of not only his strength and dedication but also of the subjects he photographs. “Even when athletes are not competing,” Matter says, “they are living and breathing their passion.” Looking at any of the behind the scenes videos, it’s easy to see that Matter is just as passionate as his subjects in his approach to photography.
[via Daily Mail]