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Rebecca Sherman | Photo: Andy Ringgold | March 6, 2014
A moment in Dallas goes swimmingly.
Rockwall ISD Aquatic Center
Andy Ringgold’s eye-level shot of swimmer Tiffany Futscher of the Dallas Mustangs was taken with a Cannon Rebel T1i (300 mm lens)
as Futscher sprinted to win the 200-yard butterfly at the Greater Southwest Invitational preliminaries. (Futscher also went on to win the finals that evening.) “The lighting was tricky, so I shot from the side to capture the water in the air and the shadow behind her,” Ringgold says. A corporate executive who started shooting local swim meets in 2009 (his two high school age sons are swimmers), Ringgold has since shot more than 25,000 images at hundreds of meets across the country, including Olympic trials, where he captured emerging superstar Michael Phelps. For Ringgold it’s the emotion of the moment that intrigues him. “I try to capture more than just the swimming,” he says. “I try to tell a story. I’ll often take a lot of shots behind the blocks (before an event) to show what they’re thinking.”