In the spring months in Happy Valley, junior lacrosse captain Matt Mackrides is called upon to score goals. Four weeks ago, he was called upon to do something more outside of his comfort zone: model.
A photography crew from ESPN came to Penn State in September to take pictures for a Student Body feature in ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue.
But these were no ordinary pictures.
One athlete from each of Penn State’s 29 varsity sports was photographed in 3-D, and the process was anything but ordinary.
The purpose of ESPN The Magazine’s “Student Body” is to deviate from the sports norm and display an athlete in all his or her glory in a completely stationary pose, as described on ESPN’s website. In the feature, one can compare Lauren Purvis, a 5-foot-7 field hockey freshman, to Jack Crawford, a 6-foot-5 junior defensive end, side-by-side. It aptly shows how an athlete’s frame varies from sport to sport.
“They had two stands up, and they kind of looked like projectors,” Mackrides said. “I just stood in between them and rotated my body whenever they told me to.
For Mackrides, the process took about 30 minutes, much longer than the typical split-second photograph. However, ESPN told him at the end of the shoot that he actually took the shortest amount of time.
“They said it took longer for other people because sometimes the technology didn’t go through or the picture wasn’t right,” he said.