As photographers yourselves, what importance do you think photography has within the sporting world? What is its role or ability?
Photography is important, especially in sports, photographers are news gatherers and storytellers. So many of the iconic sporting moments are remembered not because of the written word or because of the TV footage but because of the still image, be that Bob Beamon’s leap in Mexico City or Bolt winning his first Gold in Beijing. When we started discussing the magazine, we wondered what newspapers and magazines would be like without the images produced by the hugely talented photographers we featured, but we also wanted to highlight some of the images that may never see the light of day. Just because they may not be seen does not mean they are not good images, sometimes great images just do not get published.
Do you have any tips or advice for others looking to start out in the sports or photography industry?
The best advice I can give is go out and shoot, talk to your local sports clubs and practice. Shoot as many sports as possible in as many different ways as you can. You are not looking for the man kicking the ball or the woman crossing the line, you must put a little bit of yourself into every shot to stand out from the hundreds of other photographers who also want to shoot on the biggest stages of them all.
We are keen to know a little more about the projects and photographers you have worked with or featured in your first issue. Do any of them stand out to you?
Issue 1 was more designed around the collective story of photography at the Olympic Games, from a variety of different angles and different impressions. We had photographers from the British newspaper, a global photo agency or two, the official photographer for Team GB, a photographer who was on the International Olympic Committee young photographer programme who wanted to shoot her first Summer Games, through to an award winning photographer who has shot at a previous Olympics but wanted to get back and shoot a Games once again. We then had the work of Legendary photographer Gerry Cranham who shot the Olympics of the early 1970’s through to Pulitzer Prize winner and large format camera fan David Burnett, who shot the fastest event at the Olympics, the 100m Final with a Large format camera. We were able to wrap Issue 1 with an article from Anthony Edgar, who was Head of Media Operations for the IOC and the man who helped to develop photography at the Olympics into what it is today.
What steps did you take in order to create such a strong artistic direction and brand?
Scott is a creative first and foremost and he has a strong creative vision as to what the magazine looks like, the image selection is very much driven by the words of the photographers. As a magazine it is our responsibility to show the work in the best possible light, we did not get this 100% right in Issue 1 and we have taken design and layout steps to correct this for Issue 2, we are including a few images from Issue 1 in the pages of Issue 2 to give the images the space they deserve.
If 2POINT8 were to only achieve one outcome in reaching a reader, what would you hope is the most significant take away from your publication?
Wow! That is a tough question but I suppose if you boil it all down our objective is to show people that there is more to sports photography than just the few images that get seen in a newspaper, website or magazine. Sports photographers are news gathers, storytellers and artists, it may be controversial, but I would say possibly more so than any other form of photographer do they have to straddle these 3 areas of responsibility.
We’re excited to get our hands on issue #2 after the success of the first edition. What does the upcoming second issue have in store for readers? Anything different/ new/ defining in particular?
The biggest change you will see from Issue 1 is that we are presenting the magazine in a landscape format rather than the traditional portrait format for magazines. We realised when reviewing Issue 1 that the majority of images we included in 2POINT8 were landscape in format, so for a magazine that covers sports photography we need to match the format of the work.
In terms of contributors we have another amazing group, with titles such as ‘…but I am not a sports photographer’, ‘The only woman in the room’, ‘It started with football, fondue and a kangaroo’ and we ask the question ‘Is Sports Photography Art?’. I do not want to give too much away but hopefully that gives a few hints as to some of the articles we are covering in Issue 2.