Tuesday, November 20, 2007

What's the big deal about a bloody nose?

Just got back from the Mudbugs game against the Corpus Christi Rayz. For those who have been following our little blog long enough, you know that we sometimes shoot out of a box between the two benches.

So there I am, getting ready for the game to start when I look over and the doc is fixing up DeCaro's nose. From the looks of it, it had been dripping blood like the old faucet in my kitchen sink drips water. That's not unusual at a hockey game, but since the first puck had yet to drop, it caught my attention.

So I went over to shoot a few frames. This is my first frame.

And this is pretty much every frame after.

It took me a second to figure out that the head in my way and the voice telling me not to shoot photos was that of goalie Ken Carroll. He apparently thought I didn't need to shoot photos of a bloody nose. And who knows, maybe it's nothing. But who am I to say? The thing is that many times we don't know what something actually is until later. Sometimes minutes, sometimes days, sometimes weeks.

Was it just a cold? Was there a pregame fight? Who knows, but at the time it was unusual, and that means it's my job to shoot it.

In the end I backed up and took a different angle with a different lens and made my photos.

But I think it's the first time a professional athlete has ever said anything to me about making photos. Even the infamous Quincy Carter didn't say a word when I shot his photo after he was kicked out of practice and stood under an exit sign.


Anonymous 11/20/2007 11:09 PM  

Your photos from the other angle show just about as much.

Anonymous 11/21/2007 9:43 AM  

And if a normally easy-going person (especially with the "media") like Kenny Carroll asks you not to do something, there's probably a good reason for it ... take a hint ...

Mike P. 11/21/2007 9:48 AM  

Since I had season tickets last year and sat directly the bench, I can answer this with some logic. There is no bloody nose. JD has always used smelling salts to open his sinuses before going out, nothing more, nothing less, and perfectly legal. The salts are colored red when broken, and that is what you see in George's hand.

I coached youth hockey there and found these uses salts in the bench all the time.

No reason to think something is going on here.

shanebevel 11/21/2007 10:19 AM  

George is certainly holding smelling salts. I didn't mean to say that was anything different in that photo. But unless DeCaro was rubbing them on his sweater before the game, there was bloody nose.

Anonymous 11/21/2007 10:42 AM  

I dont know what was going on...but smelling salts to clear the sinuses? Suspect. If you're doing something tyou dont want photographed, perhaps it shouldnt be happening out on the ice where media and dozens of others have cameras. The hint to be taken is from the countless athletes caught in precarious situations by the media.

shanebevel 11/21/2007 11:22 AM  

A lot of players use smelling salts. My intention was not to start some conspiracy, but to comment on Carroll's reaction... the point of this blog is to talk about what we do as photographers and why. That's about the long and short of it.

Anonymous 11/21/2007 11:33 AM  

Smelling salts sounds a bit silly, but to each his own. Personally, a tissue and a hard blow works just fine to clear the sinuses. But the last anonymous is right - if you dont want it photographed, head into the lockerrom. Carroll, sit down. I guess he needs SOMETHING to do down there on the end of the bench.

Anonymous 11/21/2007 12:35 PM  

No one is saying he did not want the photo taken, but as a photographer, why not talk to the coach or JD about it before commenting on it? This is how rumors and stories start.

As for a tissue and blow, try to keep one out there on the ice for some time. This is common practice for some goalies.

shanebevel 11/21/2007 12:46 PM  

If I was reporting on an injury we certainly would have talked to the player and coach, but that's not what the blog is about... It's about Carroll's actions and my job as a photojournalist.

I assumed at the time it was nothing, but it was unusual, so I shot it. If there had been something to it, my editors would certainly have been looking for the photos.

Anonymous 11/21/2007 3:02 PM  

Yall are making a much bigger deal out of this than necessary. This is not the first time JD has had a bloody nose before/during a game. If you can remember there was blood on his jersey the first home game of the season. He was probably telling you not to take pictures because the contents on the nose plug are not always pretty when they come out of the nose. It is not uncommon for goalies to have bloody noses or to puke before the game.

Kathryn Usher 11/21/2007 3:29 PM  

Oh my god. I'm gonna be so happy when the interest in sports in this country just goes away.



Bloody Nose.

I'd much rather see about women and their menstrual cycles. Now there's a picture. Let's make real art! It reminds me of the picture book of women's cootchies at Barnes and Noble in the art section.

Hey, did I see you at the Highland Jazz and Blues Festival?

Anonymous 11/21/2007 4:21 PM  

as Shane has stated numerous times...it is Carroll's reaction that he was questioning. Bloody noses, smelling salts and the sort are all normal parts of hockey. So why is Carroll blocking the view of something so commonplace?

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