Jamey Price and His Racing Rig

Charlotte, North Carolina-born Jamey Price has a lot on his plate. Currently in his senior year at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, Jamey is a History and International Relations major. Competing as a steeplechase jockey, a triathlete, a varsity college swimmer, and a cyclist, Jamey finds himself drawn to the emotion in sports. At a recent summer internship with the Charlotte Observer, Jamey fused his passion for athletics and photography.

On assignment to cover a local protest by Iranian-Americans voicing their displeasure with the Iranian government, Jamie was personally moved by one individual. A protesting woman thanked him personally for helping raise awareness to her cause and the plights of millions. Although extremely emotional and gratifying, the downsides to this type of photojournalism include protestors angry at having their photos taken. Jamey found a sweet spot in photojournalism when covering sporting events. The intensity of emotion, struggle, endurance, and his own love of a sports challenge all came together when sent to cover races of various kinds. “There’s emotion in beating someone in sports. There’s artistic talent in it. Everyone is charged,” he says.

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Jamey’s photography and sports were fused at the 2.8-mile Booty Loop in Charlotte. The 24 Hours of Booty is the only 24-hour cycling race in the country. Many riders log more than 250 miles benefitting the Lance Armstrong Foundation and local cancer charities. This year, Jamey had a stroke of genius with the idea of building a rig to photograph the event from his own bicycle. His materials consisted of

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Jamey’s blog provides details about his rig. “Nothing about the bike experiment was staged,” reports Jamey. “These are candid, natural shots which happened within the action of the race.” The impressive results have caused other photographers to clamor for information on building similar rigs for themselves. “No one to my knowledge has done a non-staged photo essay from mounted on the back of a bike.” As his photos prove, Jamey’s rig enabled him to photograph the event looking both forward and backward, documenting riders from different angles in 672 exposures.

Nothing broke on his homebuilt rig. With one PocketWizard in his hand, the other PocketWizard was mounted on the hotshoe of the D200. It came off once while biking at about 25 miles per hour. After pulling over, stopping traffic, and retrieving it, the PocketWizard still functioned perfectly. Aside from a small amount of paint coming off his beloved training bike, the entire rig was removed without permanent damage. “It’s a durable product, definitely,” declares Jamey of his PocketWizard.

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With his internship at The Charlotte Observer over, Jamey now has his sights set on a career as a professional photographer. Although protests and disasters may not be his events of choice, documenting the hardship and glory of competitive sports will likely be found in his viewfinder after graduation.

Blog: jameyprice.wordpress.com

Web site: www.jameypricephoto.com

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