PHOTOS: Supercross trials in Arlington challenge new and experienced
Motorcross riders from across the nation gathered at AT&T Stadium over the weekend for Supercross 2017
As a photographer with the Arlington Voice, my images usually support articles from the writers. I have photographed political events, parades, businesses and sports. I mostly do sports. I enjoy freezing special moments in time. For the most part, I shoot at the high school level.
This past weekend, I had a great opportunity to expand my experience. I was asked to photograph the Supercross Competition at AT&T stadium. It turned out this was going to be a photo essay; a piece mostly consisting of photos. This gave me the option of the content. I was not quite sure what the concept would be. I would probably focus on one rider. I thought maybe Ryan Dungey, a three-time Supercross winner and currently the points leader.
As I drove to the media day event on Friday, I briefly wondered who was the youngest rider? As we were interviewing riders, I noticed off to one side was seven-year-old Hayleigh Smith of Sanger, Texas. After I took her photo, an idea came to me. I decided to contrast her with Dungey. I talked to her mom and learned more about Hayleigh.
Her mom asked out of curiosity if it was because she’s a girl, to which I replied it was because she’s a young novice starting out and Dungey is a pro at the top of his career. I soon discovered that she was the only girl in her age group. For that matter, she may have been the only girl to get on the track that day.
In one of Hayleigh’s runs on the track she took a spill. When she came off the track, she looked upset. Later, her dad said that she got scared. But, like anybody that ever succeeded, she got back on her bike and went back on the track two more times.
Good luck Hayleigh. I hope you have a long career and you keep enjoying yourself. - Russ Rendon, Photographer
Keaton Pendley contributed to this report