Pride in the Moment – Photographers capture GG9

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — By now you’re familiar with the hashtags to follow on social media for pictures of the Gay Games festivities — #gg9, #gaygamescle, #gaygames, #goallout. A source of professional photos, however, is an online exhibition called Pride in the Moment launched by Summit Artspace in Akron. The project is funded by the Gay Community Endowment of the Akron Community Foundation to feature 2014 Gay Games participants in real-time at Photos started appearing Aug. 10 and new ones will be added until Aug. 16.

Four local professional photographers are capturing the images from the games:

CLEVELAND: Billy Delfs has an Associate’s degree from Cuyahoga Community College and a certificate from the International Center of Photography. Deifs said he focuses on his natural surroundings in Cleveland and mixes documentary and portraiture to tell stories for magazines and advertising agencies. His clients include: The Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine, Adcom, Time Inc., The West Side Market, and Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

CLEVELAND: Peter Larson, 26, was born and raised in Cleveland. He graduated from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication in 2010 and now works from his studio at 78th Street Studios. Larson has focused on taking portraits of musicians and he currently shoots for VICE, iHeartRadio, The New York Times and Mom + Pop Music.

AKRON: Shane Wynn is from west Akron and is the staff photographer for Akronlife magazine. She graduated from the Fine Arts program at the University of Akron and owns Shane Wynn Studio.

KENT: David Foster is an assistant professor of multimedia and photography at Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He has an undergraduate degree in photojournalism from Kent State and is currently working on his master’s degree in journalism education. While in college, he was named Ohio News Photographers Association Student Photographer of the Year, in both 2006 and 2007. David interned as a photographer at the The Columbus Dispatch and the Akron Beacon Journal.

Powerlifting, rowing, and open water swim photos are up on the site Go check then out! #GG9Cleveland — Pride in the Moment (@Pridemoment) August 11, 2014 Follow the project on Twitter (@pridemoment), Instagram (prideinthemoment) and Facebook as well as the Pride in the Moment website.

Article by By Amanda Harnocz, Northeast Ohio Media Group

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