As I posted on my Facebook page a few days ago, one of hardest parts of being a sports photographer in my mind is also being a fan of the sport. This was defiantly true this past Saturday while witnessing the Seattle Sounders FC score an unheard of 6 goals against the Eastern Divisional leaders, Columbus Crew. It was incredibly hard to not cheer for a team you are a big fan of.
And it happened again the following Tuesday. During the Sounders FC US Open Cup semi final game against FC Dallas, Sounders player Mike Fucito was on the victim side of a uncalled for elbow to the eye socket. He instantly dropped to the ground and was bleeding. Normally I don’t like to photograph injured players, however I did take a few shots before I realized how seriously hurt he was. As a photographer I took the shots, but as a fan I was upset that the referee ignored a player down who was severely bleeding from what looked like his eye socket. Fucito was obviously in a lot of pain and the situation was serious. As a fan, I even caught myself waving over at the referee trying to get his attention as he let the game go on. In the end, Fuctio received 9 stitches below his right eye socket.
It is very hard being a photographer and a fan at the same time. As a sports photographer you should be happy for your team, but reframe from being a loud cheering fan as it will look unprofessional. My plan is to just bottle it up and save it for the road games where I will be watching the game on TV. At that point look out, there will be a lot of screaming and cheering at the TV, LOL.
If you want to view a couple of images of Mike Fucito, you can view them on my Facebook page. Note: Photos are graphic.