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Team sports fascinate me - not just as a fan, but on a deeper, more abstract level. To me, team sports evoke our basest levels of humanity and draw out shadows...
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Team sports fascinate me - not just as a fan, but on a deeper, more abstract level. To me, team sports evoke our basest levels of humanity and draw out shadows of long forgotten ancestors. As humans, we are drawn to competition. We have a need to feel worth, and tend to measure our strengths against those around us, whether it be in pure individual athleticism, academic honors, or even likes and shares on social media. But team sports are different. Team sports rely on talent and training to a degree, but also communication, coordination, and an inherent understanding of how your teammates will react to changing situations. Team sports, whether rugby, hockey, baseball, or even doubles tennis are a contemporary manifestation of our hardwired need for camaraderie in survival. As a small, bipedal mammal expanding outwards during the last mega-fauna, the early humans that learned to band together found the greatest chance of survival. Those that could coordinate an attack or hunt, and understand their role in it, stood the best chance of coming home with fresh kill and minimal casualties. As the human population grew into settlements, environments softened, and domestication replaced two million years of hunting instincts, the need for active and coordinated physicality gave rise to sport. Every culture, on every continent has developed it's own variations of team sport, and it can still be seen today, at every level from professionals in colossal stadiums all the way down to schoolyards and alleyways. So, of course, when a coworker asked if I wanted to photograph his rugby team's playoff game, on a cold, wet Saturday afternoon, I said yes.
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Forrest_Imagery
 
Forrest_Imagery January 29, 2018
A powerful and storytelling stop-action !

Imagery like this and commentary like yours is the reason why I am a member of Viewbug.
Your intellectual insight provides eloquent context as to why we as humans are drawn to a particular image on the deepest of levels.
Photography appeals to all cultures not because it reflects the world in which we live, but rather because it provokes an emotional response, causing us to feel something we did not a moment prior to viewing the image.
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MrJBond March 07, 2018
Excellent capture
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BuckPhotography March 08, 2018
Thank you much!
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