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Under the Lights

Under the Lights

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Photos and text by Kyle Adams

I REMEMBER going to football games when I was in high school. I don’t remember the games, or even watching them, but I remember the way the lit field surrounded by darkness threw a carnival vibe and I remember the smell of grass and mud and cool fall air. I remember meeting friends and feeling like this night– this Friday night, under the lights– was a night of opportunity. It was a time– ┬áit was the time– to show off, to strut, to goof around, and, especially, to flirt. It was just a little more charged than other nights.

That’s what I wanted to shoot when I went back to my old high school for the first time in more than 5 years to see a Friday night game. While I know some of you are genuinely interested in the game and outcome (see Bob Murphy’s articles for that), that’s not where my camera was pointed. It was pointed at the sidelines, the fans, the kids playing football outside the fence, the locker room– places were that social vibration and American machismo shined the brightest, and where the electricity of the lights seemed to surge out into the open air.

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