In life, I never follow the crowd.
Crowds are not wise. Crowds consist of followers.
Followers don't make history for anything worthwhile.
If I were to follow conventional thought, I would have packed up my car with my photography gear and headed to New Orleans for the one-two punch of Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl.
Excuse me while I yawn...
OK, I'm back.
I've lived in south Louisiana my entire life. To be more precise, I've lived in the Baton Rouge area my entire life. I'm hardly ever more than an hour's drive from New Orleans.
I've seen enough parades. I've eaten too much king cake. And I've repented for my many sins on Ash Wednesday like a good Catholic school boy should.
Parades are rife with camera phones, and sometimes actual cameras. The same goes for the Super Bowl.
The pro football championship game is more of a side show. The Super Bowl has become little more than a circus fueled by our classless celebrity culture. It's the NFL reality show.
From what I can tell from coverage of media day, the most interesting thing that happened was the varied appearances of attractive women posing as journalists. As best as I can tell, a few of the football players and coaches were interviewed.
Instead of elbowing my way into position for a photo of Ines Sainz, I prefer to take the road less traveled.
Instead of burrowing through a sea of burly cameramen with 400mm Nikon and Canon lenses dangling from their shoulders...road less traveled.
Instead of sandwiching through a flood of humanity to find my car...road less traveled.
Instead of sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic trying to leave Orleans Parish...road less traveled.
You get the idea.
It's just a whole lot of trouble to get photos of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco holding up a trophy, a few shots of Ray Lewis giving an impromptu sermon, and candids of the Harbaugh brothers slapping each other on the back.
As creative as I'd like to think I am, I just don't see myself getting a shot of those scenes that would be wildly different from every other one taken by the swarm of photographers in attendance.
What is truly beautiful to me is finding places nobody else goes.
The following photos were created entirely of amateur athletes. Are they any less spectacular than those on display in arguably the biggest annual sporting event in the world?
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Michael Tortorich Photography is based in south Louisiana.