I shot my second Run For Your Lives Zombie 5k Race last weekend. Now that I’m in Boston, I was able to shoot the New England installment of the race, which was at Amesbury Sports Park in Amesbury, Massachusetts.
I didn’t think it was possible, but the scene at this race was even more absurd and absolutely ridiculous than it was at the Baltimore race. You can see some of my shots from that race here.
I’m amazed at how much people love to take on the zombie persona, and at how well some of them do it. I don’t think I’d ever volunteer to get covered in fake blood and sit in the woods screaming at people for the entire day, but clearly there’s some appeal there that I’m missing out on.
Nevertheless, I was highly entertained all day, and hundreds of zombies and 10,000 racers make for some good photography. Take a look at this photo gallery on the Run For Your Lives Facebook page to see my whole take from the day. It’s got over 1,000 “likes” and hundreds of comments from zombies and runners alike.
Here were some that I enjoyed. As always, click to enlarge for the full effect. I’m still thinking about it, but the first photo here might have quickly become one of my all-time favorites.
I was hired as the photographer for the first ever “Run For Your Lives Zombie 5K” race, which was held in Darlington, Maryland last Saturday. This was just the first of a series of several to occur throughout the country this year and next, so I was absolutely surprised to see that this drew attention from national media outlets, as well as over 10,000 runners and volunteers dressed like zombies. Here is the link to the website I shot for, which gives a better explanation of what the race is all about.
As a Goucher graduate, I’ve taken pictures of zombies plenty of times, but even after shooting this event, I still don’t understand the obsession people have with the concept of zombies chasing humans. It just doesn’t get me going whatsoever, but it does make for very entertaining, compelling pictures.
I shot a ton of pictures. I guess that will happen when you’re running around in the woods and trodding through mud up to your ankles while taking pictures of the same thing over and over again for 14 hours straight…
Regardless, I’m really happy with my pictures from the day, which will make good additions to the portfolio. This is a sample of some of my favorites.
If you’d like, click each image to see them full screen. They look better that way.
I woke up in a good mood yesterday morning.
The clocks had turned back the night before, so I had gained a precious hour of extra sleep.
It was also November 7th, the day I knew my photographs would be appearing in The New York Times. I dressed into my sweats and boat shoes and went searching through several newspaper racks on campus, only to be reminded that that Goucher doesn’t have a subscription to the Sunday Times. I couldn’t wait, so I drove to the local Safeway supermarket. They only had one copy, so I drove to the CVS Pharmacy down the street and spent 19 dollars on three copies of the paper.
I’ll acknowledge that being published in the country’s most well-known newspaper as a College Senior is the product of lots of hard work on my part.
But as I sat in the CVS parking lot and stared at my two photographs for what seemed like forever, I couldn’t stop thinking about how lucky I’ve been. I doubt there’s many people out there who can say they’ve had the amount of love and support from family, friends, and mentors that I’ve had.
This byline is a tribute to those special people in my life.
The link to the online slideshow is here.
It’s strange how the most incredible opportunities come your way when you least expect them to.
Two weeks ago, I was sitting in The Quindecim office writing an article for our second issue. I took one of my regular Facebook distraction breaks, and to my surprise, I realized I had received a message from The New York Times.
The Times publishes an “Education Life” section four times a year. For this year’s November Issue, they’re planning to highlight the various types of games that are played on college campuses around the country. They’d like to include information about Humans Vs. Zombies, an exaggerated version of tag that includes Nerf guns and rolled up socks. Because the game was founded at Goucher, they contacted me, as the Photography Editor of the student newspaper, in hopes of finding photographs to use.
I had shot Humans Vs. Zombies before, but I wasn’t too pleased with what I had. Luckily, a game of Capture The Flag was scheduled for the following week, so I shot that game.
I sent them 20 of my best images from the day. If they decide to use them, I’ll be credited as a freelancer for The New York Times, and I’ll be paid a freelance photographer fee.
Here’s hoping to be published in one of the world’s most renowned newspapers before graduating college!