Photos of athletes doing stuff in real life

Hey, remember that time you went gaga over those dancers getting photographed doing real life things? Yes, that dude dangerously dancing in the shower. THAT photography series. It’s back. Jordan Matter is doing for athletes what he did for ballet dancers, making them do real life stuff. [Our readers did a Facebook Q&A with him. Check it out here]

There’s a football (read: soccer) player proposing a football to his girlfriend, an American football player tackling his, ehem, ‘friend’, a samurai giving himself a shave, an extreme pizza delivery guy, etc. What, no basketball? Oh yeah, we have enough real life basketball using scrap paper and the office trash bin.

UPDATE: We had the pleasure of getting an interview with Jordan, despite his bus schedule. I the interview, he talks about his most famous work, ‘Dancers Among Us’, as well as other series like ‘Athletes Among Us’ and ‘Uncovered’.

Logistically, which was harder to shoot, Dancers Among Us or Athletes Among Us?
Athletes Among Us is much harder! I’ve been shooting Dancers Among Us for the past four years, and I’ve only recently begun Athletes Among Us. I find AAU to be much more challenging- accomplished athletes are more difficult to find, and their skill set is generally harder to incorporate into everyday life. With dancers, there is always the “Wow” factor- look how high he jumps, look how flexible she is, and on and on. A simple photograph can be very striking because of the awesomeness of a dancer’s technique. With athletes, however, their skills may be more subtle- one of endurance or speed or eye/hand coordination. Frozen as a still image, these skills have the potential to look unimpressive. This is the greatest challenge I face with AAU. It’s very exciting, because I know there is so much still to discover.

“Red or White?” / Sean Kaufman, Physique Competitor
“Commuting” / Bay Area Derby Girls, Roller Derby
“Battle of the Superheroes” / Musa Shannon, Professional Soccer Player
“Close Shave” / Ken Stouffer, Martial Artist
“Delivery Boy” / Adam Crigler, Competitive Longboarder
“Big Winner” / Cassie Wolff, Philadelphia 76ers Cheerleader
“Business Travel” / Vincent Iuzzolino, Bodybuilder & Kickboxer
“True Romantic” / Ethan Zohn, Professional Soccer Player
“Broken Buzzer” / Ethan Zohn, Professional Soccer Player
“Crossing Guard” / Meagan Hearn, High School Goalie
“Baggage Check” / Meagan Hearn, High School Goalie
“Sunday Shopping” / Erik Coleman, NFL Free Safety
“Light Reading” / Jessica Sun, Rhythmic Gymnast
“Waiting to cross” / Jackie Carlson, Gymnast
“River View” / Jacob Jonas & Jill Wilson, Acro Yoga Specialists
“Window Light” / Jacob Jonas & Jill Wilson, Acro Yoga Specialists
“Dry Feet” / Femi Olagoke, Long Jumper

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Inigo is a writer and graphic designer from Manila, Philippines. He is a soldier of love who will carry you on his strong back of awesomeness when the zombie apocalypse arrives.