A Change in Perspective
Inspiration for photography stems from interest in athletics
In one hand, Maggie Camp juggles her swim cap and goggles as she races out of the locker room following her second swim practice of the day. In the other, a camera dangles from her wrist, barely hanging on during the run to the boys basketball game.
For years, Camp’s firsthand experiences in the pool and on the golf course served as her sole athletic exposure. Camp took up swimming as a young girl and followed her father’s interest in golf when she entered seventh grade. At the start of high school, Camp found her way onto varsity teams in both sports, furthering her love for the sports.
Aside from her love for athletics, Camp’s hidden interest for photography took off her junior year of high school. As a photographer for the school yearbook, Camp learned to combine her two passions into the specialty area of sports photography and eventually become the Athletics Editor of the yearbook staff.
“I love capturing the moment,” Camp said. “[Photography] is almost like freezing time.”
Both sports photography and playing sports result in different challenges for Camp, yet the connection between the two forms links that allow for improvement.
“Playing sports definitely helps me take better photos,” Camp said. “I know where to stand and which [subjects] to focus on.”
While photography and direct involvement in sports contain some level of crossover, a level of difficulty is associated with the two as well. The time commitment a two-sport varsity athlete must allocate consumes much of a normal high school student’s daily routine, not to mention that of a yearbook editor.
Behind a camera, Camp feels comfortable. Her ability to stop time as she captures memories her fellow classmates will look back on for years serves as a contribution to the culture of the school that sets her apart from others. On the other hand, her athletic ability, both in the pool and on the golf course, gives her the opportunity to involve herself in the culture of sports that drew her to photography in the first place.
Camp’s ability to find success both in front of and behind a camera contributes to her high school experience, setting it apart from others. By doing what she loves, and giving her all to each team, Camp discovered her love for sports photography — a love that will extend into her future, as she hopes to minor in photography and pursue this passion later in life.
Ultimately, the correlation between playing sports and telling the story of a sports match through photos is one that allows Camp to improve in each area. Without her camera at her side, she would not have the raw emotions that go into each meet. Without her love for sports, she would lack the pure ability to truly capture a moment that will last forever.