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Slideshow: 16 of our favorite Bates sports portraits of 2021–22 – News – Bates News

High school and college athletes know the routine for photo day. Stand right here. Smile if you want. Click. Next.

But at Bates, that’s only half the game. After a team has their official portraits done, the fun begins. It’s now time for Bobcats to celebrate self and team by striking a pose — a “sportrait” — of their own.

Over the last few years, pre-season sportrait sessions at Bates have become a favorite team-building tradition. “The key to the whole thing is enthusiasm,” says photographer Brewster Burns, who is a Maine high school teacher by day. “If I equal their enthusiasm — which isn’t that hard to do — then my enthusiasm, their enthusiasm, and everybody else’s in the room frees everybody to take chances and have a good time.”

“Enthusiasm” comes from a Greek word that means being possessed by a god. Except maybe in this case, the feeling is like being possessed by their inner Bobcat.

Behind the scenes of a Bates sportrait session with the men’s basketball team in November 2021. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

Not everyone adores the camera, of course. “And if I mirror that reticence or nervousness, then that kind of snowballs, and everybody kind of tightens up,” Burns says.

For her final Bates sportrait, Amanda Kaufmann ’22 of Somers, Conn., was looking for a pose that captured a hunger for greatness. And that’s what she got. “My favorite of four years,” she says.

Mohamed Diawara ’23 of Philadelphia wanted a pose that would display the photo on a pendant he wears to honor a friend who died. Burns “made sure it worked,” Diawara says.

The first-year Bates baseball players wanted to recreate an 1879 team photo. “He was as excited as we were, and helped us make our replica as accurate as possible.”

“When people get together and they’re all enthusiastic and they’re all having a good time, then they free up, take more chances,” says Burns. “Creativity demands taking chances, both on my part and their part. It’s a partnership.”

Here are 16 of our favorites:

‘Why would I want to hide my strength?’ 

Competitive swimmers, both male and female, are known for developing broad shoulders and skinny hips, explains Natalie Young ‘24 of Windham, N.H. For a woman, that means having a body type “that more closely resembles the ‘ideal’ male body type.”

Young’s specialty is the butterfly, which “requires a great deal of upper-body strength, more than other swimming events.” For Young, broad shoulders “symbolize the countless hours of dedicated work that I have poured into this sport over the years. “Truth is, I have no shame in my broad ‘swimmer shoulders.‘ I view the female swimmer body type as my ideal body type. It’s literally something that I wear as a badge of honor. Why would I want to hide my strength?” 

Young says her creative sportrait, “reflects the pride that I feel being a swimmer and conveys the confidence that it has given me in my body type.” The pose has another purpose, she says: a bit of “intimidation for the competition.”


Why we do what we do

After the wipeout of the 2020–21 sports season, Bates athletes, especially seniors, returned to the field, court, pitch, and slopes in high gear.  

For her creative sportrait, Daphne James ‘22 of Sausalito, Calif., wanted to showcase the excitement and energy that …….

Source: https://www.bates.edu/news/2022/06/30/slideshow-16-of-our-favorite-bates-sports-portraits-of-202122/

High school and college athletes know the routine for photo day. Stand right here. Smile if you want. Click. Next.

But at Bates, that’s only half the game. After a team has their official portraits done, the fun begins. It’s now time for Bobcats to celebrate self and team by striking a pose — a “sportrait” — of their own.

Over the last few years, pre-season sportrait sessions at Bates have become a favorite team-building tradition. “The key to the whole thing is enthusiasm,” says photographer Brewster Burns, who is a Maine high school teacher by day. “If I equal their enthusiasm — which isn’t that hard to do — then my enthusiasm, their en…….

High school and college athletes know the routine for photo day. Stand right here. Smile if you want. Click. Next.

But at Bates, that’s only half the game. After a team has their official portraits done, the fun begins. It’s now time for Bobcats to celebrate self and team by striking a pose — a “sportrait” — of their own.

Over the last few years, pre-season sportrait sessions at Bates have become a favorite team-building tradition. “The key to the whole thing is enthusiasm,” says photographer Brewster Burns, who is a Maine high school teacher by day. “If I equal their enthusiasm — which isn’t that hard to do — then my enthusiasm, their en…….

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