Written By: Emily Dammeyer
Ryan Gibson is known for his ability to bring a dark edge to his sports and portrait work, while revealing a quietness and vulnerability in his subjects. It was this talent and technique that recently caught the eye of Nick Galac, Senior Photo Editor at ESPN. While Gibson used to shoot for the retired ESPN HS magazine, this will be his debut for the main magazine.
Based in Atlanta, Gibson recently shot Justin Holiday of the Atlanta Hawks for Atlanta Magazine. Galac saw the work and contacted Gibson for an upcoming ESPN feature on The University of Maryland's sophomore point guard Melo Trimble. The feature will be published in the February 29 Analytics Issue and can be found online.
Gibson's technique proved to be perfect for the project, as the piece focuses on Trimble's athletic achievements and his impending future as a vocal leader of the Maryland squad. Gibson's ability to frame dynamic action shots, while subtly hinting at the personality behind the subject, perfectly captured Trimble.
The shot took place at Maryland's main arena, the Xfinity Center. Gibson and his crew showed up a few hours early to set up equipment while the team practiced. This timeliness was advantageous remembers Gibson, "Galac needed some posed action shots and portraits to accompany the feature. Once practice was over we only had about 45 minutes with Melo. Having a couple of hours to scout and come up with a plan for the shoot was definitely a good thing."
Gibson thoroughly enjoyed his time with Trimble in the Xfinity Arena. After getting his equipment set and mapping out the shoot, he was able to actually sit back and watch some of the practice while they waited to get started with Trimble. Gibson recalls from the shoot, "Melo was great to work with. Very easy going and we were able to get some great shots from start to finish."
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