For nearly four weeks in June and July, [Jay L. Clendenin] drove around Southern California – with a quick jaunt to the Phoenix area – shooting portraits of athletes who would be competing in the 2012 London Olympics. [He] photographed them not only in color with [his] digital SLR cameras, but also in black and white, using a 4-by-5-inch field camera and a 100-plus-year-old Petzval lens. Each black-and-white portrait was exposed onto black-and-white photographic paper, processed in a darkroom and scanned into a computer. You can see both sets of portraits here and in the Los Angeles Times’ 2012 London Olympics section.
The fencer is my favorite of these shots. The guy also reminds me of Vega from Street Fighter 2 which is fantastic. Very rarely do you get an Olympic athlete who can double as a video game boss.