Sol Neelman Who printed it? Never thought I’d be able to boast that Topps printed my promos, but they did. You can upload your photos on their site and pair them with designs from some of their vintage trading cards. For common cards to fill the packs, I
I loved unwrapping packs of cards as a kid, excited to discover fun gems inside, and I hoped to share that feeling with others. I’ve been toying around with something like this for years, just needed the kick in the rear to get on it. (Thanks, Maren!)
by Jonathan Blaustein It’s a Thursday. You know what that means. Yup, this is a column I’m going to pull straight out of my _________. Sorry. It can’t be helped. It’s not that I’m lazy. Just the opposite. The last few weeks have been as busy as any I can
This is the kind of book that is very hard not to like. In fact, if you hate it, I’ll have to accuse you of lacking any sense of humor whatsoever. Which means you’re no fun, so I’d rather you spent your Friday reading time elsewhere.
I used to use a 400mm f2.8 lens for covering college football, in large part because we were stuck on the sidelines. My #1 lens for shooting Weird Sports is my Canon 35mm f1.4, in part because I'm not battling a sports information director for access. There are times like with Drag Queen Prom Dress Rugby that I was actually on the pitch taking photos with players flying around me.
On this episode Robert chats with Portland, Oregon-based photographer Sol Neelman, who recently published his second photo book, "Weird Sports 2."
Sol Neelman is a failed athlete turned sports photographer living in his home city of Portland, Oregon, USA. In 2007, he left his staff job at The Oregonian to pursue a life-long project documenting sports culture around the globe. In July 2011, Kehrer Verlag in Heidelberg, Germany published his first book, “Weird Sports,” and in September 2014 his second book, “Weird Sports 2.”
This is a fundraiser to produce "Weird Sports 2," a photo book by German fine art publisher Kehrer Verlag.
For too long, I feel the narrow definition of sports has been limited to professional leagues and Olympic competitions, folks with monster builds and monster salaries. Sports is to be taken seriously, for the serious athlete.
Does it really need to be that way?
SOL NEELMAN is a failed athlete turned sports photographer living in his home city of Portland, Oregon. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, he began his professional career in 1996...
His pursuit of turning his personal passion into his life’s work, endless love of travel and appreciation for all people and things new, different and weird — as well as the desire to make everything fun — makes Sol one of my favorite people in the world. He also encourages that in others, which I love and appreciate.
What possesses grown men to dress like movie monsters and destroy miniature cities? Sol Neelman, the quintessential weird sports photographer, aims to find out.
While other sports photographers head to Florida for spring training, Sol Neelman drives through the mountains of Idaho looking for K-9 keg pulls and a skijoring event (skiers, pulled by horses). His itineraries are not shaped by the N.F.L. season or the P.G.A. tour, but by the schedules of weekend warriors pursuing oddball pastimes.
This past year, for me, has been the year of the book. The year I achieved a dream. The year I gave birth. The year I became a father.
I’ve been a little hesitant to write about my book. Maybe because it still doesn’t seem real. But I’m slowly coming to terms with reality, that it is in fact real. Very real.
Another reason I’ve put off this entry is because of how truly personal this book is to me. Not sure if I can express it in words.
I got a rule: if a Weird Sport is happening less than a mile from mi casa and there’s money light and red Santa outfits AND the promise of beers, I’m soooooooooo there.
And that’s how I ended up revisiting a classic Portlandia Weird Sport: Urban Golf.
Sol Neelman has been on the road for several years, chasing the wacky world of weird sports. He’s got a new book filled with his collection of the oddest things, and he's still out there shooting the most obscure sports he can find.
Sol Neelman has been on the road for several years, chasing the wacky world of weird sports. He's got a new book filled with his collection of the oddest contests, and he's still out there shooting the most obscure sports he can find.