There were a lot of upset Braves fans yesterday, as they learned that hometown player Jason Heyward would be traded to the Cardinals. Since the Henry County, Ga. native started his professional career with the Braves in 2010, he has been a fan favorite and a lot of fun to watch. As a tribute to Heyward’s time with the Braves, I’m posting a few of my favorite frames of him.
It was no surprise to find out that Clayton State women’s basketball head coach Dennis Cox has taken a job on to bigger things. No one in Clayton State athletics history has taken a program so far, so it was only natural that someone with his talent would end up at a larger university (it was announced yesterday that he has accepted the head coaching position for the women’s basketball program at San Francisco State University).
Football season has been over for a little while now, but this assignment was too cool not to share, even this late. Last December, the Falcons hired me to help them photograph the last game of future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, particularly his entrance on to the field during player introductions (above).
On Friday, The Ted was sold out, but it wasn’t because fans came only to see the Braves take on the Diamondbacks. People packed into every possible crevasse (and then some) to see their beloved Chipper step on the grass for perhaps the last time. Chipper, who played all of his 19 MLB seasons with the Braves, retired from the game last year, and they retired his famous No. 10 during a pre-game ceremony.
One of the great perks of photojournalism is being exposed to things you probably wouldn’t be otherwise. One of those experiences was July 2007, when I photographed and met Marvin Hamlisch, a legendary composer of musicals at Reynolds Plantation. Hamlisch died Tuesday while in Los Angeles.
I have nothing but the utmost respect for someone, like Hamlisch, who dedicates their entire life to their work. He poured every ounce of himself into it. Which is why it’s no surprise that his accolades include three Oscars, four Emmys, four Grammys, and a Tony Award. Unbelievable.
These photographs are from one of his many performance at one of Mercer Reynolds cabins on the Reynolds Plantation property on Lake Oconee. It was a performance I will never forget.