En Garde

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In sport, there is almost always a need for force. Sometimes it is brute force, sometimes more subtle.

I had an assignment a while back to photograph a small fencing tournament at Reed College here in Portland. It was a quiet affair, an annual event to honor an alumnus. The students were stopped by the judges often as it was designed to be a learning experience. And I too learned as I watched this dance.

Great energy exploded from the students as they lunged and leaned. But it was the accurate and gentle touch that led to end of the match. Delicate, combustible force.

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