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Exploratory Committee [Jan. 19th, 2012|08:38 am]
kyle cassidy
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So, ever since the Fabulous Lorraine started talking about Roller Derby a year and a half or so ago I'd been thinking that I wanted to do a series of portraits. It's one of those dozens of ideas that you have in the back of your head and it gets kicked around a while and sometimes it bubbles to the surface and you think oh yeah, that would be cool. I got a chance to see it in action a few months back and this solidified the idea. I find the sport exciting, and it's positive message of women helping women to be unique and beautiful in a world where competition usually means winning or nothing.

In any event, I've formed an exploratory committee to see if Roller Derby portraits could turn into my next book-lenth project. My documentary work is all about subcultures and context which is sometimes putting people in their context (Gun owners in Their Homes, or Writers in their creative spaces) and sometimes it's taking them out of a noisy context like studio portraits of protester. Portraits of athletes appeals to me in a way that sports photos don't -- because you're focused on the person, not the action, the player not the point and I can't really think of a sport where individual style comes through more than in roller derby.

When I was out in Arizona I photographed some of the Tucson Roller girls who also introduced me to Axle Adams who photographed the derby book No Mercy: Life on the Roller Derby Track. Axle & I are label-mates and I'd seen his book at my publisher's picnic this summer where everybody was cooing about it in an upstairs room. I sent him a letter back in September saying how much I liked it. It was wonderful to meet him and talk about photography.

In any event, my derby project. Here's how you can help -- are you on a derby team? especially in the New York / Pennsylvania / Baltimore / DC area? Drop me a line. Is there something I should know about? A book of derby portraits? A gallery show in your fair city? A great photographer I should check out? Drop me a line. You can also forward this around to your friends or people you know who play derby.



Metal Maiden, Copper Queens Roller Derby




Dewey Decimatrix, Furious Truckstop Waitresses




Bea N. Hayve of the Furious Truckstop Waitresses jumps the Copper Queens's Mystery Meat


Take a big step today, make plans for something spectacular.




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[User Picture]From: lostreality
2012-01-19 05:11 pm (UTC)
my brother's girlfriend is on a roller derby team in New Jersey, I'll pass on the info
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[User Picture]From: morriganswitch
2012-01-21 02:16 am (UTC)
SHore points?
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[User Picture]From: sassy_54
2012-01-19 05:15 pm (UTC)
If you come to the Twin Cities I can hook you up :)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-01-19 05:18 pm (UTC)
email me your location & contact info, you become a pin on a map.
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[User Picture]From: tsarina
2012-01-19 05:25 pm (UTC)
Poked my Austin Texas roller derby friend. Hopefully something neat will turn up here.
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[User Picture]From: madmoisellestar
2012-01-19 05:40 pm (UTC)

Possible Baltimore In

I'm a former Charm City Roller Girl, still an active volunteer with the league. I'll pass this on and see if I can get it in front of the right person or people.
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[User Picture]From: spacedlaw
2012-01-19 05:59 pm (UTC)
These are great! That's a brilliant project, Kyle. I am so thrilled that you are planning to document the CVRG. (I hope I haven't dreamt this. You are going to shoot Quiche's team, aren't you?)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-01-20 04:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, this april.
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[User Picture]From: tigerinvaseline
2012-01-19 06:06 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm not currently playing, but I started as our leagues first photographer--and La Crosse isn't too far from the Fabulous Lorraine, so let me know if you are in the area and maybe Mississippi Valley Mayhem can be a pit stop ;)
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[User Picture]From: badger
2012-01-19 06:07 pm (UTC)
Come to Raleigh NC for the Carolina Rollergirls. http://www.carolinarollergirls.com/
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[User Picture]From: kayjayoh
2012-01-19 06:16 pm (UTC)
If you swing through the area, it would be excellent if you came to Madison. Not only do we have the Mad Rollin Dolls, but it is pretty close to Milwaukee (Brew City Bruisers), Chicago (Windy City Rollers) and of course, the Chippewa Valley Roller Girls. We're at the hub! :)
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[User Picture]From: kayjayoh
2012-01-19 06:16 pm (UTC)
(And if you decided to offer some sort of class in the area, that would be ok, too.)
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[User Picture]From: allysther
2012-01-19 07:10 pm (UTC)
My brother's girlfriend is on one of the teams here in Hawaii...should you find the need to travel slightly farther than you normally do.
http://www.pacificrollerderby.com/
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[User Picture]From: dd_b
2012-01-19 07:26 pm (UTC)
Bea N. Hayve is making a fantastic jump there! Very nice indeed.

And Dewey Decimatrix may be my new favorite derby name, and that's a great photo.
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[User Picture]From: jadedillusion
2012-01-19 10:17 pm (UTC)
http://m.facebook.com/home.php?__user=1569766698#!/profile.php?id=217510521598457&slog=352991971&seq=1859339674&fbtype=65&__user=1569766698

Check out Daddy Skittles on Facebook. He photographs a lot of the derby bouts in Phoenix. A friend is on one of the teams.
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[User Picture]From: pingback_bot
2012-01-19 10:47 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: katemckinnon
2012-01-20 05:06 am (UTC)
Too excellent! It's lovely to see the Tucson Derby Girlz up on your blog.
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[User Picture]From: felician_logic
2012-01-20 06:13 am (UTC)
You may need to go to RollerCon this year. My sister runs the registration. Her derby name is Freezer Burn :)
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2012-01-20 04:37 pm (UTC)
I think i do. hook us up!
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