The Competition – by Jamey Price

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Motorsport photographer Jamey Price shares photos from a recent shoot covering the Canadian GP, one of many Formula One racing events he’s privileged to work alongside truly skilled colleagues in the motorsports world.

I’ve never understood photographers. And I’ve certainly never understood the big photo agencies. It’s like it’s a sin to look at a colleague’s work and say out loud in a public forum, “Wow. He did a nice job this weekend.” “Or that frame is kick ass and very unique.” Even more rare than rivals complimenting each other is public criticism. “You’re better than that” or “That wasn’t your best effort” are words you will never hear out loud or in writing. We live in a global society where political correctness is the only goal, criticism is frowned upon and participation medals are more important than giving a deserving winner a pat on the back and telling that person they bested the rest…that day anyway.

It kind of sucks, doesn’t it?

I’ll be honest, covering Formula 1 races is but a small part of my income. I do a lot of work that most of you, outside of the Charlotte NC network, will never see. Food photography, portraits, random product shots. But every other weekend or so, I get to join my colleagues and friends at the race track to cover a sport that I deeply love. I always have. I look up to these photographers that I work alongside. Long before I set foot on a circuit, I knew their names and knew their images. They made pictures every week that told a story. And each photographer’s work was unique. It told a different tale from the Grand Prix. They may have been standing next to each other, but they came away with different images.

Continue reading and see more photos on Jamey’s blog.

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