Mike Byrnes is a photographer who has a long history of shooting sports of all kinds and all levels. Mike, has been a great supporter and help for Next Level Iowa. Recently, Mike and Doug Wells of Grand View College (another great supporter and contributor of NLI) teamed up to exhibit some of Mike’s best photos in track and field.
Below is Mike’s description of exhibit and the origin of the idea.
Feature photo: Mike Byrnes and the some of the athletes in the exhibit ©Jim Kirby 2018
EYES are Everything (except when they’re not)
Great sports images capture emotions, often through expressive eyes. Some would say “eyes are everything,” but they don’t always tell the whole story!
The thirteen images in this set depict an array of emotions…grit, jubilation, pain, concentration, drama, trust and disappointment. They also highlight the strength, speed, grace, perfection and outright toughness of track and field athletes. For those of you who are legitimate track junkies the show includes throwers, jumpers, wheelchair racers, sprinters, hurdlers, vaulters and distance runners…from High School and Drake Relays Champions to World Champions, Olympic and Paralympic medalists.
Those included in the exhibit’s photos
- Colette Gnade, Shelby Houlihan, Katie Flood & Ellen Dougherty
- Karmen Nyberg (Augustana, SD)
- Megan Durbin
- Jenny Simpson
- David Brown/Jerome Avery
- wheelchair athlete)
- Audrey Miller (Loras)
- Jessica Ramsey
- Ashley Spencer
- Makiah Hunt (USD)
- Cheri (Becerra) Madsen
- Vashti Cunningham
- Shelby Houlihan