Category Archive : athletes

Addiction, Reinvention, and Finding Ultra with Endurance Athlete Rich Roll

Chase Jarvis Photography Chase

Rich Roll is a New York Times best selling author, endurance athlete, parent and beautiful human being. He first came across my radar a few years ago when he completed FIVE Iron Mans in five consecutive days. That’s a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, finished off with a marathon in one day — TIMES 5 DAYS!! On the show, we dive into reinvention, overcoming addiction and depression, explore plant based diets, and his spiritual calling… We also cover: After a decade of living what he though the “American dream of success” was, he found himself miserable and in a career that he pursued because he thought that’s what we should do. He shares his journey OUT OF THE MESS… and advice for pursuing what our hearts tell us. We cover parenting and helping to develop agency in our kids and future generations – to leave the planet better off than we found it. And, how embracing our weakness, our struggles, and our pain in life – just might be our strongest ally in living the life we were meant to live… This episode is a whopper.  Enjoy and subscribe to the podcast below if you dig.  Please give Rich […]

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Persevering through Failure with Melissa Arnot Reid

Chase Jarvis Photography Chase

Melissa Arnot Reid is a mountain guide, speaker, and founder of the nonprofit organization, The Juniper Fund. She was the first American woman to summit and descent Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen and also holds the record for summiting the tallest peak in the world more times than any other western woman with a total of 6 ascents. She’s a certifiable bone crushing badass with a lot of life experience to share from her years of sacrificing for her passions. In this episode, you’ll learn that it wasn’t the final, most strenuous 250 feet of summiting Everest that got Melissa to be the first female to summit and descent the highest peak in the world without supplemental oxygen. It was every single step since the first mountain she had ever stepped on that got her there. The key to summiting Everest is taking small steps towards your bigger goals. If you liked that metaphor, brace yourself for another 942 of them that will help you be bold, find what calls you, and dig deep to make it all happen. In today’s episode, You don’t have to see the summit to make the first step. You don’t even have to know […]

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Photos of Parkour Athletes in New York City Wearing Formal Wear

PetaPixel Ben Franke

My name is Ben Franke, and I’m a photographer and director based in New York. For my new project Black Tie Parkour, I photographed two parkour athletes running around Downtown Manhattan while doing Parkour in formal wear.

I’ve been shooting parkour for over ten years, and the majority of parkour athletes that I’ve met in the community are men. However, there are incredibly talented women in the sport and I want to continuously highlight them in my work.

I had the opportunity to collaborate on a recent shoot with the extremely skilled Melanie Hunt, who has trained parkour for many years and has competed on American Ninja Warrior 5 times. I envisioned a shoot of her and another athlete wearing formal wear, to capture parkour in a way we haven’t really seen before. We also brought on Jesse Danger from the Movement Creative to be a part of the shoot.

Aside from the athletes and their movements, the most important detail of the shoot were the outfits they would be wearing. We decided that a dress that flows well would be ideal for Melanie, something that would look gorgeous in the photos but would also give her the freedom to flip and jump. Melanie found her dress through Rent the Runway, while Jesse wore a classic suit that he happened to have.

As far as location, I wanted something that would fit the aesthetic of the wardrobe, and the Financial District in Manhattan was a perfect fit. When scouting, I was drawn to the grand architecture, marble, and density of tall buildings of the neighborhood and felt that it lent itself well to the formalwear concept.

We didn’t use much equipment for the shoot since we had to be mobile and couldn’t carry around a ton of equipment. We had two crash mats for the athletes to flip onto for some of the shots and used one light with an umbrella to light the athletes. Without having permits, we were fortunate that day to shoot around the New York Stock Exchange with crash mats without anyone bothering us since for some of the shots we drew pretty big crowds who stopped to watch and take pictures.


About the author: Ben Franke is a New York-based German/American photographer, whose work focuses on movement across a range of athletic disciplines. Since 2008, Franke has been photographing parkour athletes, and began his on-going series “Parkour Motion” in 2012. With this series, he aims to capture the energy and power of parkour athletes’ movements in a single still image. You can find more of his work on his website and Instagram.

Shooting Portraits of Baseball Star Kris Bryant Fielding Real Fireballs

PetaPixel Jayphen Simpson

Photographer Rob Snow and Red Bull have just released a new red hot series of photos that involved gasoline, baseballs, a blowtorch, and World Series hero Kris Bryant.

Third base is sometimes referred to as the “Hot Corner” because balls get sizzled that way at speeds up to 125mph. Snow says that the idea was to replicate an image taken in a game, with one minor difference: the baseball would be on fire.

Snow spent months planning the shot, which he says was the biggest in terms of production value that he’s ever worked on.

“The biggest challenge was that we wanted to also do a behind the scenes video, to prove to fans that the fire wasn’t just dropped in via Photoshop,” he says. “We wanted to prove to everyone that this was a real sporting moment, using a real ball on fire. This meant that the lighting had to work for both stills and video, and of course the amount of bodies on set increased exponentially.”

Here’s the behind-the-scenes video:

“In addition, we only had two hours with Kris, and as the ambient light was only going to be right for about 15-20 minutes (for the Hot Corner portion of the shoot), we were really up against the clock the whole shoot. So, we had to make it happen as efficiently as possible, and not waste any time while Kris was on set.”

It’s not every day you get to shoot a million-dollar athlete having fireballs lobbed at them, and Snow says it was rather nerve-wracking. Not everything went entirely to plan.

“We shot this in a fairly small town and essentially rented all of the available lighting in the town,” Snow continues. “During the pre-light day, I discovered that I was a full five stops underexposed from the settings I had requested from the lighting technician. We had to make use of last minute additions to our lighting package, and some creative settings in camera, to make it work.”

“I think it’s a combination of the enormity of the project, the expectation level to deliver, working with pyro and mitigating risk for Kris, and also the fact that there was a crew shooting an extensive behind-the-scenes video. The video crew was there on the light-test day and I felt out of my element being in front of the camera, and it didn’t help my nerves when things weren’t going as planned on the pre-light.”

The hard work paid off. Here are some more of the final images from the shoot:

Red Bull tells us that Cubs fans need not worry — Bryant wore flameproof Adidas Nomex underpants and a long sleeve shirt that actively pushed heat and sweat away from the body. But his Rawlings glove was toasted pretty good!


Image credits: Photographs by Robert Snow and courtesy Red Bull. Behind-the-scenes photos by Ryan Taylor.

Wet Plate Portraits of WWE Superstars

PetaPixel Michael Zhang

New York-based photographer James Weber recently shot a series of portraits of WWE wrestling superstars using the 1800s wet plate collodion process.

The photos were shot over two days in two different arenas where the stars were wrestling: one day it was at the Sun National Bank Center in New Jersey, and the second was at the PLL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Weber hauled all the gear to the locations in a cargo van and set up his temporary studio. The wrestlers visited the set in between wrestling for crowds, and posed in front of Weber’s massive 8×10-inch wet plate camera, which features a lens from 1875 — that’s just 10 years after the Civil War. It takes about 20 to 30 minutes of work for a single photo.

All these photos are courtesy WWE.com, which published a beautiful gallery of the portraits.

Bray Wyatt
Sasha Banks
Enzo Amore
Alexa Bliss
Finn Balor
Nia Jax
Roman Reigns
Maryse
Goldust
Samoa Joe
Bayley
Dean Ambrose
The Miz and Maryse
Sheamus
Sin Cara

Here’s a 2-minute behind-the-scenes video showing Weber in action:

You can find more of Weber’s work on his website, gallery, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.


Credits: Photography by James Weber and courtesy WWE.com. Photo Director: Christine Reilly. Hair and Makeup: Alex LaMarsh. Hair/Makeup Assistant: Emily Klein. Wet Plate Tech: Rico Elvina. Wet Plate Tech: Jesse Mata. Photo Assistant: Sebastian Beckman. Backdrops: Broderson Backdrops


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