As digitization of photographer further entrenches itself in culture and everybody becomes amateur, and even semi-pro photographers it is oddly startly to see how appreciation for great photographer is almost eroding. Maybe it's because everything looks great on a two inch LCD screen on a camera, or just our own egoism that we too could snap that same shot if only we had someone setting up the lights for us.
Great photographers, like a sculpture, make things out of nothing, or find things that others miss out on. Not just in the sense of capturing "a moment" but litterally finding something that the eye darts past or never knew was there. This is especially true in sports photography where capturing the "winning moment" pays big bucks. But we all know from going to an event live, so much is missed in that shot of the "winning moment."
This photo essay by the a contract New York Times photographer Vincent Laforet is amazing in that it shows sporting events in a way that actually brings the three dimensional experience to life, in a 2-d format. Worth the three minutes watching the essay and through his audio story refresh your appreciation for great photography