Rocio De Alba has been photographing women who — like her — have confronted their substance abuse to lead fulfilling, if challenging, lives.
Once she got sober, Rocio De Alba began noticing women trying to stop drinking or using drugs everywhere she looked. She saw them on the news, interviewed in decrepit halfway houses. She saw them in documentaries, caught in alleys and corners dying for a fix — and dying to stop. She studied their close-ups in photo essays, their faces creased and spotted, roadmaps of their worst days.
We’re about a third of the way through the Olympic Games as of the end of today – and I’ve always found this to be a good point to look back through the images I’ve made so far, and to make adjustments on how I will shoot from here on out.
This of course has put me in a very introspective mood. Truth be told I’m not thrilled with any of the images I’ve taken so far, and as a result my head has been in the clouds for most of the day. I’m trying to figure out how I can change my approach from this point on, in an effort to produce images that I will be proud of, and that hopefully this blog’s readers will appreciate throughout the rest of the games.
Trying to figure out what to do next has led me to asking one of the most basic questions that most sports photographers ask themselves on a regular basis: How exactly do you define a great sports photograph?