If I can I prefer not to take pictures of people who don’t have a choice in how they are portrayed (unless it is flattering).
In this case though I find it an important definition of the marathon experience and I try and represent that in this photo. – the participants in effort through and the spectators less so. At the end of the day though the glory is to the participants.
You feel a complete fraud encouraging the runners as they struggle by, calling out encouragements – “Go on Dave, only 10 miles to go!”. Sometimes you get no reaction, sometimes they look at you with the eyes of the dead but many times you get a wave, a thumbs up, a thanks and for that second you are connected and it feels right.
I forgot how lovely an experience it is – I am in awe of all those that run. I’ll put up more photos over the coming days.
Last years photos are here