Monster Jam Anaheim

The greatest learning experience I have had so far is that I am self assigning work to shoot while at ZUMA Press. This is critical right now because it is a good litmus test on how well I can find events and situations that will produce interesting visuals, how to jump over (sometimes under) the credentialing hurdles, and most of all how to be successful – 100% of the time. The third is the most crucial because as a freelancer I can’t bomb an assignment. There is no daily assignment cushion, which makes that very scary and a very real thought. Botch an assignment and probably lose a future income source.

The most fascinating aspect of this assignment, at Monster Jam in Anaheim, was to see how many people were recording or taking photographs with their cellphone cameras. If there was any feature at this event that was unavoidable it was people taking their own pictures all through the show. If none of these fans had such easy access to their own way of recording the event in front of them I kept wondering what types of human interaction would I have captured? But on the flip side it made feature hunting even harder (on top the abundance of securities that waved you away when you stood in or near an isle too long)  because interesting characters would be using their little cellphone camera to document the event too. I also wondered when would it become irrational to feature hunt reaction shots, in the crowds at sporting events, when all they are doing is camera phoning the event you need ‘reactions’ to…? Quite a thought!

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Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – Spectators take photographs of the monster truck Grave Digger. It is Grave Digger’s 30th anniversary this year and the truck is still driven by Dennis Anderson. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

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Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – Fans stand up and cheer after George Balhan the driver of Mohawk Warrior wins the championship race portion of the Advance Auto Part Monster Jam against Monster Energy driven by Damon Bradshaw. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

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Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – Spectators at the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam filter into the stadium while some ticket holders have restaurant-style dinner service before the start of the event. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

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Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – A spectator covers his ears with both his hands during Monster Mutt Dalmation’s freestyle run at the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Monster Truck show in Angel Stadium. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

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Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – Two young fans with looks of anticipation watch the monster truck Grave Digger during its freestyle run at Angel Stadium for the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. Grave Digger would win the freestyle portion of the even with a top score of 28. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

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Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – Two young fans with looks of anticipation watch the monster truck Grave Digger during its freestyle run at Angel Stadium for the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. Grave Digger would win the freestyle portion of the even with a top score of 28. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

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Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – One of the monster trucks exists the field after the end of the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam event at Angel Stadium. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

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Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – A long line of fans wait for a portion of the drivers to come outside the front of Angel Stadium to sign more autographs after the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam event. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

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Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – Security blocks spectators from crossing the entrance and exit to the main floor of Angel Stadium because the monster trucks are leaving the stadium at the end of the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

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Jan. 28, 2012 – Anaheim, California, U.S. – Two drivers talk between themselves while driver George Balhan of Mohawk Warrior looks at his phone. Fans lined up to wait for a second chance to have merchandise signed by the monster truck drivers outside of Angel Stadium after the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. (Credit: © Jerry Englehart Jr./ZUMAPRESS.com)

Lazy Days

Pros enact lazy days.

I have caught up on more sleep in the last two weeks then I ever imagined, but I have also been slightly nervous and curious to see how life unfolds over the next six months. I will be photographing more for myself in the coming months to wade through my murky and depressive mood. The most I can tell myself is, those who underestimate me might get it one day; they passed up a great opportunity to guide and watch a young photographer grow. I see now, my lacking social skills hinder my ability to convince those greater than me to gamble on my name’s future. These are just a few casual frames:

Jerry Engleahrt Jr.

Jerry Englehart Jr.

Jerry Englehart Jr.

Jerry Englehart Jr.

Jerry Englehart Jr.

Jerry Englehart Jr.

Jerry Englehart Jr.