Steven Edson

Documentary Photographer
    
Head of the Charles 2016 Regatta
Location: Boston, Ma
Nationality: USA
Biography: As a documentary photographer working on personal as well as client projects, I enjoy collaborating with print and digital creatives to help tell the vital stories about the relationships of people to people, places and objects. It never ceases to... read on
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Head of the Charles 2016 Regatta
Credits: steven edson
Updated: 10/28/16
My goal was to photograph the poetry of motion and the machine like team work and coordination necessary to move the rowers foward. There is a sense of beauty in the sleek and minimalistic sculls gliding past, the ever present sense of water, the rowers with their varied expressions of grit, determination, competitetiveness and momentary distractions on the way to the finish line. All is in a constant state of motion, including the Charles River running slowly against the rowers, flowing to the Atlantic Ocean all while passing me on a stationary fixed position on a dock, preparing for the next group of racers to approach and pass by.

The 52nd running of the Head of the Charles 2016 Regatta (was last weekend) and is considered one of the largest regattas in the world with nearly 11,000 rowers from 750 universities, schools and rowing clubs representing 28 different nations. The 2 days could not have been more different from each other. Saturday was a mix of changing temperatures. Moments of coolness and then warm and back to cold raw and wetness. As expected a mid afternoon torrential downpour of rain and a further 15 degree drop in temperatures. None of the athletes on the course could escape the elements. No where to hide for the racers or myself. For me, the key was to keep shooting and keep the rain off the front of the lens. Day 2 was sunny, cool and crisp. Typical New England weather for the Fall.
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