Monthly Archives: July 2014

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Installation: Das Döppeldønger, Mt Zion Trail. Big Sta Anita Cyn, San Gabriel Mts.

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Western States 100 Finish Line

The Win

Rob Krar won the 2014 Western States 100 in 14:53:23. There were a pile of shooters making the same shot. I’d looked at the scenario, and decided there was no point in aiming that way. I found Christina Bauer, Rob’s wife standing next to Race Director Chris Thornley, waiting as Rob’s progress was being announced. Rob entered the field, and Christina began to weep. That was the real picture. Later I discovered myself in frame. Not  my intention, trust me.

Rob Krar wins, I'm looking at his wife.

Rob Krar wins, I’m looking at his wife Christina Bauer, overcome with emotion.

RD Craig Thornley watches as Rob Krar wins, Krar's wife Christina Bauer in tears. Western States 100 finish line. June 28, 2014

RD Craig Thornley watches as Rob Krar wins, Krar’s wife Christina Bauer in tears. Western States 100 finish line. June 28, 2014

Here’s the complete set of finish line portraits: 2014 Western States 100

1 14:53:22 M2 Rob Krar M 37 2014 winner. Finish line portraits, WS100. June 28-29, 2014. Placer HS, Auburn CA.

1 14:53:22 M2 Rob Krar M 37
2014 winner. Finish line portraits, WS100. June 28-29, 2014. Placer HS, Auburn CA.

…15 hours later

Big Hat and ancient camera. Photo by Crista Ann Scott.

Big Hat and ancient camera. Photo by Crista Ann Scott.

I’d been shooting black and white portraits since the night before. Now its some color from a different perspective. My Yashicamat 124 twin-lens reflex is the photo terror-weapon of 1954.

The assembled shooters, bloggers and race officials looked up. Bryon Powell of iRunFar literally stopped in his tracks when he saw my camera. The others took notice. I joked “Bryon, I’ve never seen you stopped cold like this before, ever!” Everybody laughed. Disruption takes many forms.

296 29:57:32 195 Thomas Green M 63, final finisher and Grand Slam hopeful.

296 29:57:32 195 Thomas Green M 63, final finisher and Grand Slam hopeful.

Looking closer at the geometries of Green’s finish prompted me to look up David’s “Oath of the Horatii”. Paydirt! Who says art isn’t based on real life?

L: Detail from "Oath of the Horatii" [1784] by Jacques-Louis David. R: 296 29:57:32 195 Thomas Green M 63, final finisher and Grand Slam hopeful. Finish line candids, WS100. June 29-29, 2014. Placer HS, Auburn CA.

L: Detail from “Oath of the Horatii” [1784] by Jacques-Louis David.
R: Thomas Green M 63, final finisher and Grand Slam hopeful.

Bryon Powell and Meghan Hicks, hard at work 2AM Sunday.

Bryon Powell and Meghan Hicks of iRunFar. WS100 finish line, Auburn CA.

Bryon Powell and Meghan Hicks of iRunFar. WS100 finish line, Auburn CA.

The work table inside the Photo Tent.

Set up and ready to shoot, an hour before the winner arrived.

Set up and ready to shoot, an hour before the winner arrived.


 

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And the 8th Habit of Highly Effective People is procrastinating at Intelligentsia.