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Murderball – Graham Bool, 2008

6 November 2008

Troy Collins of Great Britain takes a tumble from USA #4 Captain Brian Kirkland in the Wheelchair Rugby (Murderball) Bronze Medal Match on September 15th at the USTB Gymnasium, Beijing. USA won the match 35-32 points.

This image was shot for my stock library and subsequently has been used by the Daily Telegraph in an article on the GB Rugby team in Beijing. I encountered the usual obstacle of trained volunteers trying to direct me to a shooting position about as useful as a chocolate fireguard (which I talked my way out of) and poor lighting – thank god for digital! The one guarantee is that the referees backside will by default be between you and the moment of action – but this and four other frames were one of the exceptions.

Graham Bool had an enthusiastic childhood with a Brownie 127 producing what he feels were questionable results (…remember the black dot in a grey square?). This was closely followed by a near brain death period in the civil service and other desk jobs. But in 1969, Graham worked his way into photographic retail job.

From 1970-77 he managed the Agfa-Gevaert showroom in Piccadilly until the company’s partial demise and redundancy was not an option. A six month stint traveling around North America was followed by 10 years in PR working in the film, tv and video industry. Starting in 1983 he began to build up his client list with a view to becoming self-employed.

In 1987 self-employment arrived. Since that time Graham has covered the Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing in addition to other international competitions in the disability arena. Graham was a member of the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball team and competed in Germany in 72, Canada in ’76 and Holland in ’80 as well as other international competitions.

Currently his work is mainly in the disability arena but not limited to it.

Photographer since 1987, EPUK member since 2002.

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