Sandy , Utah

Brighton v Olympus

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Olympus’s Ian Jones (1) fouls Brighton’s Braxton Jones (5), setting up a penalty kick and score as Brighton defeats Olympus High School 3-2 in overtime in the 5A boys state championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Thursday May 23, 2019.
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Olympus’s Adam Naylor (10) and Brighton’s Chandler Turpin (13) as Brighton defeats Olympus High School 3-2 in overtime in the 5A boys state championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Thursday May 23, 2019.

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Brighton’s Cameron Neeley (12) as Brighton defeats Olympus High School 3-2 in overtime in the 5A boys state championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Thursday May 23, 2019.

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Brighton players celebrate after defeating Olympus High School 3-2 in overtime in the 5A boys state championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Thursday May 23, 2019. At left is Brighton’s Braxton Jones (5).

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Sandy , Utah

Brighton v Davis

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national anthem, as Brighton hosts Davis High School, boys basketball in Sandy, Wednesday December 4, 2013.

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Sandy , Utah

Skyler Milne Hat Trick

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Brighton’s Skyler Milne celebrates his third goal of the game. Brighton vs. Bingham high school boys’ soccer, second round 5A tournament, Friday, May 18, 2012 in Sandy, Utah.
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Draper , Utah

Davis v Brighton

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Brighton’s Kassidy Kellogg leaps over Davis goalkeeper Danielle MacKay. Davis vs. Brighton high school, 5A girls’ soccer state championships semifinals at Juan Diego High School Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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Sandy , Utah

Brighton v Pleasant Grove

Pleasant Grove’s football team kneels around coach Dale Sampson in a pre-game moment of silence. Brighton vs. Pleasant Grove high school football Friday, October 9 2009 in Sandy.
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West Valley City , Utah

Brighton Graduates

West Valley City – Brighton High School graduates, including Chase Reed at center, Thursday June 4, 2009, at the E Center

Provo , Utah

5A State Championship Swim Meet – Wide

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Brighton’s Sierra Phillips, above, staring into the calm water before she won the 100 yard breaststroke.

I wanted to title this post “Perverts Are Ruining My Job.”

For some reason, weirdos are drawn to photography. And photography has been employed in various seedy pursuits. But the paranoia over photography has truly gotten out of hand. Carrying a camera in today’s America invokes nothing but suspicion and fear. People only assume the worst. In Utah, I sometimes think I would be more accepted carrying a firearm.

The pool at BYU has these cool underwater windows that I’ve shot from over the years to get a cool view of the swimmers. Could I shoot from there this year? No.

I was told it was a privacy issue, that a swimmer might be adjusting their suit while I’m photographing from below. I pointed out that I would be photographing the races, and I didn’t think anyone would be adjusting anything during a competitive race.

Next I was told I might inadvertently capture a body part. I pointed out that those body parts are just as visible above water.

The arguments were nonsense, but it was clear I had lost the fight. It’s a shame that photography has become such a hassle. Maybe next time with some advance legwork they’ll understand who I am and that I’m a professional, not a perv.

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Viewmont’s Zakary Flammer, above, 100 yard butterfly.

There was another weird story out of the swim meet this year. The event photographer doing the awards presentations tried to play photo cop and wanted to know who I was shooting for. He told me that the day before he noticed a photographer shooting the presentations from the back side. He said that he confronted the photographer and looked at the photos on the guy’s camera. The photos, he claimed, were all close-ups of athletes’ butts. Minor athletes, in this case. He said he had the guy kicked out.

It’s a crazy tale, but something seemed fishy about it. I know this kind of thing happens, but there was something off about the way the story was told.

Maybe I need a shirt that says, “Not a Perv” on the front and, “Not a Terrorist” on the back.

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Above: A Lone Peak swimmer exhausted after competing in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

Provo , Utah

Ali Siggard

Brighton’s Ali Siggard wins 200 yard freestyle. 5A State Championship Swim Meet, held at BYU
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Orem , Utah

Brighton v Lone Peak

Orem – Brighton’s Krista Kelley (7) lets out a yell with her teammates while holding the state championship trophy. Brighton defeats Lone Peak for the 5A state championship, girls high school volleyball at UVSC.
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Sandy , Utah

Brighton v Bingham

Brighton vs. Bingham high school football.
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Taylorsville , Utah

Brighton v Layton

Taylorsville – Brighton players celebrate their 5A state championship. Brighton defeats Layton girls high school basketball, 5A state championship game, Saturday afternoon at Salt Lake Community College.
Photo by Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune; 02.28.2004
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