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Crossroads City Derby vs San Antonio

Venomous DeMilo watches the action from the penalty box

The Crossroad City Derby opened their 2012 season against the scrappy and much improved San Antonio Roller Derby Charmed Forces on February 4th, and in spite of showing up late, I walked away with some keepers.

Dickerson’s Barn, the venue where the bouts are held, recently removed the plastic sheeting that spanned the length of the ceiling, and I saw almost a full stop of improvement in the lighting compared to the last bout.  The other photographer, Ron Stickel, noted the lack of dust on his lenses; no more sheeting to collect the dust! It’s the little things make us photographers happy–now if they could do something about heating that place up (and cooling it off in the summer).

Derby-wise, the Sucias were pretty dominating, even if there were some odd things going on: Racky Balboa, the Sucia blocker extraordinaire/bruiser-specialist got to jam; and Hearno Evil racked up enough penalties to get ejected from the bout.

Much thanks to the CCD family for making me feel like one their own!

Charmed Forces' Hellary Shank breaks away from the pack

View the Sucias vs Charmed Forces gallery



Photo shoot with Crossroads City Derby

Making a meal of the Rink Rash Revolutionaries!

When I was asked to do a studio-type photo shoot for the Crossroads City Derby, I thought “That’s sounds ridiculously fun!”

I would get a chance to capture the larger-than-life personalities of the skaters (c’mon–they have their own cheering sections at bouts; little girls dress up like them), as well as the refs, volunteers, coaches and members of the board. It was a great chance to meet all the people outside what is typically a chaotic bout setting.

I loaded up the gear, headed to Dickerson’s Barn and experienced one of the hottest photo shoots I’ve been to–it also turned out to be the funnest I’ve had.

As you can see, this gregarious bunch of gals were willing to ham it up for the camera and their willingness to be creative made it easy to forget the heat. There were so many great subjects; Racky Balboa, Jenny Jolts, Barbie Bombshell, Biffy Saint Marie–there are too many to name.

It was also pretty cool to see the skaters without all the gear and the game faces on. I didn’t even recognize Hearno Evil (also a great model). I had to do a double take when I saw her (see her in action here).

Much thanks to the mighty Erika S. Trauma for the big assist and all the girls that helped me load up!

Thanks guys, I look forward to the next one!