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Photo project: Me, triathlete

Triathlon logotypeProject: Me, triathele
   » Project photos (links away from this page)
   » A selection of photos on Flickr (links away from this site)
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Triathlon. Think about it. Just the word – triathlon. You swim, then bicycle and to finish it all off you run. Doesn’t it sound quite tough? I mean it’s all about doing this über macho Ironman thing, right? You train and train and train and when you have some time over you plan your training. Right? How hard cooked and damn devoted do you need to be among crème de la crème?

I need to figure it out.

This photo project is called ”Me, triathlete” and will focus on the life of a triathlete. I will be following Marcus Hultgren, a member of Stockholm City Triathlon and one of the top triathletes in Sweden. His entire life will be documented – from everyday life in school and with his family, to his planning, training and competing.

Follow a triathlete during a whole season. The main mission of the triathlete is to be among the top 10 Swedish male athletes in Kalmar Triathlon 2009 (“Järnmannen”, Swedish version of an Ironman). I will document this by taking documentary type of photos together with writing texts (as part of the photos, or stand alone).

The triathlete should have the following attributes:
   » love to the sport
   » member of a Swedish triathlon club
   » well trained
   » like to be photographed
   » down to earth
   » have a “normal” life
   » but still dead serious about reaching the goal

The photos should have the following style: edgy and street type of photography, rather than advertising clean. The photos should communicate:
   » devotion
   » pain
   » fighting spirit
   » and love to the sport

The athlete will be documented not only during exercise, but also during the “normal” life, with the purpose of having an extensive and broad set of photos of the athlete. The main goal is to show that triathlon is a way of life and that you live quite a normal life even though you have to plan every season very carefully and that you’re one of the best triathletes in Sweden. Other goals, that goes hand in hand with the entire project, are to promote:
   » triathlon
   » the athlete
   » me as a documentary photographer

The end result should be a blog (updated throughout the project) together with an exhibition and perhaps also a book.