I love hockey. I truly do and much of my love for the sport finds its roots in my love for this young man, my nephew, Ty.
Ty has been playing ice and inline hockey since he was 5 years old and I’ve been honored to capture much of his journey with my lens. I was still shooting film in the early years and my shots are limited in number but once I went digital the coverage exponentially increased as did my love for hockey and photographing the game.
My photography has provided a visual record of this young man’s growth from a “hey, he might have some talent” little boy to a “this kid has promise” athlete that loves the game and plays full-out every time he steps on the ice. Ty is talented, hardworking and loves his teammates. He’s won and lost championships and tournaments, but his joy in and for the game has never waned and neither has the joy I’ve found in capturing those frozen moments in time.
I’ve watched and photographed countless games over the years but as he moves onto Juniors (professional level) and out of state, the joy I’ve consistently had of photographing him in action will be limited to the occasional out of state trip or maybe an “away” game for him back here in Colorado, and while that reality makes me very happy for Ty, it causes my heart to break just a little and I find myself wishing for just one more game.
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Linda Schliebe is our guest today from Denver, Colorado. With two grown children of her own but no grandchildren yet, she is totally smitten by her nephew who is growing into a professional hockey player before her eyes. Watching the process has been quite the journey. You can visit Linda at her website Red Ink Art Photography or at her blog by the same name. Thank You, Linda, for joining us today. We wish you several more games with Ty!