What will sports look like without an audience this year? Renowned sports photography Andy Bernstein is going to be part of the NBA COVID-19 bubble, and he's going to share it with us.
Coming from CBS Los Angeles, Bernstein sat down with reporter Jim Hill to talk about his involvement in the NBA's bubble. Bernstein is a legend in sports photography, so seeing and hearing his excitement at being a part of the NBA's bubble is infectious and really worth the five mintues it takes to watch the interview. As Bernstein says:
Recording history, that's gratifying.
Bernstein is perfect for this, as he has shot in other high-pressure and unique situations that saw the merger of pop culture and sport. For example, Bernstein was part of the photojournalist crew following the Dream Team.
He has spent his career shooting legends of the game.
Given the pressure of shooting something that will provide most of North America with its first recreational headlines in months, I, for one, am curious if the photographs will look any different from what we're used to.
From a technical perspective, things will likely be different. Bernstein talks about how he may not be able to shoot courtside like he's used to:
As close as we can get, but not what it used to be... keep everyone safe.
Asked what he's looking forward to the most, Bernstein noted that the bubble itself will be a bit of a pressure cooker and that he's looking forward to seeing how the players interact with each other under such a magnifying glass:
As time goes by, what the chemistry will be like.
Do you think it will be business as usual, or do you think we're going to get something unique?
Lead image from the public domain.