Imagine a rare day of sunshine in the Pacific Northwest. You take your kiddos to Fort Casey, on Whidbey Island, to fly kites in winds blowing off the Straight of Juan de Fuca. Nothing seems out of the ordinary, except that yellow orb in the sky. Suddenly, 16 women dressed in black, toting roller skates appear and proceed to hang off the ruins of the fort. A couple of them are in heavy, goth-inspired make-up. You wonder if you should be concerned, but this is the Pacific Northwest after all, and our excitement is always a bit subdued.
If that was your experience a couple of weekends ago, don’t worry. It was just the Whidbey Island Roller Girls on their first photo shoot.
I am trying to build my photography portfolio, so I appreciated the opportunity to work with these ladies. They’d only expected a quick headshot, but since it was a nice day we decided to have some fun with it. Here are a couple of my favorite shots.
Last night, the Whidbey Island Roller Girls hosted the “Super Brawl” in Oak Harbor – The Big Hair Bandits vs. The Red Lipstick Mafia. Julia, a.k.a. Effin’ Magic, (a.k.a. Andy’s sister) asked if I’d take pictures. Well, of course!
Roller Derby seems to be growing in popularity here. I originally became interested in it when I learned of the Bellingham Roller Betties. They do a great job of explaining how the derby works, if you’d like to visit their website.
I tossed the idea of joining the Betties, but ultimately I didn’t have the time to invest, and my skating skills would have probably killed me or someone else. I skate fast – but stopping has always been a challenge.
Anyway – I have a lot of pictures to edit, and will be working on them throughout the week. Here are a few I’ve worked on so far. The lighting was awful, and of course people were moving fast, so not the easiest task!
It’s not good to land on your own team mate…
Neval has one of the most famous backsides in the derby!
Sometimes the competition talks a little trash.
Effin’ Magic tries to thrwart the Red Lipstick Mafia’s plans.