This image was taken from the spectator stands during the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy. That day, I took about 200 pictures over the course of the competition. I had been taking pictures of the fans in the stands when, all of a sudden, the crowd around me went wild. I got curious and quickly turned around and snapped Kelly’s performance. It turned out that, luckily for me, I was surrounded by Kelly’s fans and family — it actually was pretty exciting capturing this moment surrounded by all that vibe and mayhem.
About the shot
Light in the Dominican Republic has a unique quality that accentuates colors and shapes with vibrant rhythms that fill your soul. This, obviously, has always been a major influence throughout my life and led me right into graphic design. During my ten years as a graphic artist, I became involved in the processing and retouching of pictures, which boosted my sensitivity towards detail, composition, and lighting; increasing my curiosity about the expressive possibilities of images. It was unavoidable for me to pick up a camera, and for the last five years I have kept learning by myself every day.
My photography had a way of finding room in my drawers and on my hard drive until spring 2005, when I joined an online photographic community under the alias Pindaro. The feedback received from this exposure, in addition to the work of so many talented photographers from all over the world, enriched my photographic perspective and helped me create and strengthen a personal style.