This fine art print features William Oliver Ripken "Billy The Kid", an American former infielder in Major League Baseball. This photograph is shot by the legend sports photographer Chuck Solomon.
"This was shot during a spring training game in Port Charlotte, Florida. Spring training lets you shoot day after day in great light. The problem is that key players only play a few innings and are usually not going to risk injury diving after balls, hitting walls or sliding head first into bases. Billy Ripken played with abandon. He had to, being much less talented than his more famous brother and in danger of not making opening day rosters. I knew I had something good when I shot this. But I wasn’t sure if I held focus. I held focus on one frame and the next one was out. Luckily the sharp one was the most important frame." by Chuck Solomon
It was mastered from the original negative or digital image and published under a licensing agreement and is printed on high quality archival fine art paper. Each print comes with an authorized Certificate of Authenticity.
Chuck Solomon has been photographing sports, action, and lifestyle for the past thirty-five years. A former staff photographer, as well as a current contributor, at Sports Illustrated; his photographs have appeared on the cover of that magazine more than forty times. Equally proficient at shooting action as well as portraits and picture stories, he is also the photographer and author of a series of children's books including Our Soccer League, Playing Hockey and Major League Batboy.
Chuck has received numerous awards for his photographs, including placement in the prestigious POY competition and he has had an image named by Sports Illustrated as one of the One Hundred Greatest Sports Photographs of All Time. Time.com named one of his images as one of the Twenty-Four Greatest World Series Photographs of All Time.
Chuck Solomon's collection is produced by his consent and is available in multiple sizes.