Since late in 2019 I’ve been looking to find a way to maximize the life of my Nebraska Football images. Starting with the 2009 season, I shot every home and road game with one exception until I stopped traveling in 2018, minus a few special occasions.
I didn’t think much of it at the time. I was running Huskers Illustrated Magazine for a portion of that time until I launched Hail Varsity in 2012. It was just part of the gig. I knew it was a great opportunity at the time, but in the midst of it, you don’t have time to get too philosophical.
I’m not alone in shooting a majority of Nebraska’s games during that period. However, the other photographers likely wouldn’t own their own copyright as they were staff photographers.
I felt that afforded me an opportunity to do something unique with my archive. I wasn’t much of a photographer during the early years of that stretch. I had a camera and sideline access, but not much of a strategy. But I worked on improving over the years, thanks to a ton of work and some sage advice from a few key people.
Regardless, even the early images become more unique and interesting as time passed. While Nebraska’s efforts on the field were not remarkable during those years, I still think the images deserve to be in print. So my plan is to self-publish a book for each of those seasons. I have already completed the first two books for the 2019 and 2018 seasons. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. Here’s a link to those books, if you’re interested.