Sportliche Höchstleistungen trotz Behinderung
Bei den Invictus Spielen in Sydney traten versehrte Soldaten gegeneinander an. Der Sport soll ihnen helfen, in den Alltag zurückzufinden. Doch es ist ein schwerer Weg.
Invictus Games 2022 in Deutschland?
Im Gespräch ist Düsseldorf als Austragungsort. Mitte Januar 2020 soll die Entscheidung fallen, ob die paralympischen Spiele, deren Schirmherr der britische Prinz Harry ist, in Düsseldorf stattfinden werden.
Craig Golding fotografiert seit 1985 Sport. In Sydney hat der Australier die Sportler vom Spielfeldrand im Oktober 2018 mit seinen Canon Kameras beobachtet. Die emontionalen Momente vor der Kamera haben auch den versierten Pressefotografen tief beeindruckt. Die schönsten Szenen dieses Sportereignisses zeigen wir hier als Bilderstrecke.
Im F.A.Z.-Fotografen Fragebogen erinnert sich Golding an seine Erlebnisse im Stadion:
The Invictus Games were brilliant and I have to say good on Prince Harry The Duke of Sussex for coming up with this concept. The Invictus Games were devised as an international adaptive sports event that celebrates the power of sport, to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and to ignite the ‘unconquered’ spirit’ of those who serve their country.
Other than the great images they provided there were a number of things that I hadn’t expected. Firstly the they were seriously competitive but even more competitors were extremely supportive of each other. Once a competitor had finished a race they would turn to cheer and scream out encouragement to those that were still to finish, it was a highly emotional and inspirational event, I found myself shooting through watery eyes a number of times.
When and where were you born, where have you been educated and what are stages of your professional career?
I was born in Sydney Australia in 1957. I studied photography at Sydney Technical College in 1975 for 4 years part time. I thought I would just put down my Biography for the rest of this question.
Craig Golding commenced work at the Sydney Morning Herald in 1985 photographing news and sport both in Australia an overseas including International sporting events such as Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World cup Rugby and World swimming Championships to name a few. In 2008 he left the Herald to pursue a freelance career. Craig has won more than 70 National awards for his Photography and over 40 International awards including 6 WORLD PRESS Awards with his most recent taking out 1st and 2nd place in the 2018 National Press Photographers Awards (NPPA) Pictorial category. These are International Photojournalistic awards held in the UNITED STATES. In 2007 he had the honour of being invited to be on the jury of the WORLD PRESS PHOTO AWARDS in Amsterdam. He has published a book called SURF CLUB, a long term photographic project depicting Surf Lifesavers in competition which was named runner up for the BEST BOOK award in the PICTURES OF THE YEAR INTERNATIONAL awards held in the UNITED STATES).
Craig continues to shoot Editorial work including sport and news, Corporate work and events, PR and Feature work for various clients.
I shoot with Canon camera gear using 2 Canon 1DX camera bodies for all my sports photography plus a Canon 5DSR body for any reportage type work. As for lenses I use a full range of lenses from 18mm to 600mm with converters.
The majority of the work I shoot is sport working to an editorial deadline so I send from the sidelines to save time, downloading from my camera’s CF card into my computer where I edit in Photoshop and FTP to my clients from Photomechanic. As an editorial photographer I adhere to editorial ethics which means apart from cropping, adjusting contrast and maybe lightening or darkening an image I don’t do anything else.
I enjoy a lot of other photographers images, particularly the work of Josef Koudelka and Sebastian Salgado.
A few tips
You need to be passionate about photography, for me it is a love not a job. Whatever you are shooting make sure you have do your homework on your subject, this is particularly important when covering sport where understanding a sport makes it easier to anticipate and position yourself where and when things may happen. A couple of the most basic but important things to be aware of are your backgrounds as well as the way light is interacting with your subject. A bad background can kill a great image as can bad use of light. Study great photographers work and decide why their images have impact on you.
Finally you learn by making mistakes so don’t be afraid to try things as this will help you develop your own style.
Craig Golding auf Instagram: @craiggoldingphotos