The lovely ladies of DC Rollergirls were kind enough to let me interview and photograph them a couple of weeks ago. DC Rollergirls is the women's flat track roller derby league for Washington DC and is made up of a great group. Between the crazy stickers and derby gear and unique personalities there was a wealth of material to work with. They were all very nice and patient with me as I kept showing up at the practices to stick a camera in their face. My goal was to document the story of the rollergirls and their league. Unfortunately the story isn't finished as I haven't been to a bout yet to catch the real action. But this is a good start.
Shooting in a giant gymnasium with very little light is tricky. It's even more tricky when that light turns everyone an ugly shade of green. Since they are humans and not aliens from Mars I went with black and white so the focus would be on the girls and not their skin color. Being able to shoot at 6400 ISO also made my life much easier (thank you Canon 5D MkII). It allowed me to shoot with ambient light and avoid setting up a stadium-esque set of lights and corresponding umbrellas.