Last time I posted a photograph I wrote about using running for letting out steam and a way of handling problems.
I ended up doing this picture of a man jogging through the wet streets of London at night time, and even though I’m very proud of the picture, I’ve always related it to darker subjects like “struggling”, “personal crisis” and “negativity”. But running is in fact a very positive thing for me, and I decided that I wanted to do a positive portrait of running too.
I’ve always had fun with my kids when it comes to running. Numerous times we’ve raced short distances on the streets just marking start and stop lines with chalk, and always approached these races with a positive attitude. Naturally it’s about winning, but it’s also about having fun, about fresh air and you know; sometimes it’s the simple pleasures in life..
Anyway, when I wanted to do a positive portrait of running, I could not think of a better approach than the simple, carefree fun my kids have, when racing each other.
Deliberately I didn’t tell them about the idea, but going shopping one day, I knew that a part of our route was a good scene and had space for a race. So, while walking, the kids were interrupted blowing dandelions; I went a little ahead, and asked them to wait for my countdown and then run to me.
I was lucky, got both of them with a foot in the air and good expressions, both looking at me. The unnatural scenery and the casual clothes is just a way of underlining that running is fun and joy and not only about hard work and winning.
So, this is my second portrait of running – and the more positive portrait. It makes me happy, and it makes me cherish simple, but very valuable things in life. Hope you like it.
Check out the picture here.
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Camera: Fuji X100S
Development: Adjusted in Lightroom, framed in Photoshop