9/29/11 Canon 5D Mark II, ISO: 50, 35mm, f/1.4, 1/5000th
Before the Houston vs UTEP football game I decided to walk around campus a bit to check out the pre-game happenings. After not seeing much of anything and right before I made my way into the Sun Bowl, I ran into these two characters whom I would describe as the UTEP lucha libre wrestler and the faceless super-fan in the Mexican sombrero outside one of the ticket centers.
What typically grabs my attention are things and people that are unusual or out of the ordinary. Here it was actually the normalcy of their actions that stood out in this particular context.You see these types of fans all the time, but always from the stands. So, when I ran into them out of their “regular element” and doing what regular ol’ folk do, it caught my attention, and it’s also kinda comical.
I found the guy buying tickets interesting for another reason besides his great getup: his nonchalant stance. I think something as simple as the way he is standing adds to the frame. In most instances, wind can only help accentuate a cape, but here after only a few frames, the wind blew the cape to his left and front side and it wasn’t visible anymore, making the photography less intriguing. Luckily, it must have bothered the subject because he quickly flapped it over his shoulder again as if he was a veteran cape-wearing hero. All-in-all I find the people and the scene appealing and it took a bit of luck to find and make the photo. Just like many other “random-run-into” photographs, if I had stumbled upon these characters even one minute later, the entire show would have been missed.