Mar 13, 2014, 4:14 PM EDT
Grant Beachy (@GrantBeachy) is a freelance photographer from Goshen (Ind.) who had the opportunity to shoot a variety Notre Dame events this year. A former touring drummer, Beachy has owned his own recording studio, Electric Angel Studios, since 2005. In addition to recording, mixing and mastering audio tracks, Beachy has begun a career in photography. You can find more of his work at ElectricAngelPhotography.com.
I’m a newbie when it comes to Notre Dame. Growing up I loved cross-country, track and my Iowa Hawkeyes, but after high school I joined a band, toured the world and then started a recording studio. My immersion in that culture effectively eliminated my involvement with sports on a regular basis. I could tell you the intricacies of song structure or a beautiful melody, but BCS rankings have been mostly lost on me. In the last five years I’ve moved to Goshen, Ind., and taken up photography. That has allowed me to see Notre Dame and it’s culture from an observer’s standpoint. It’s been a great experience! The dedication and loyalty to Notre Dame from its fans is rarely matched. When I was given the opportunity to shoot the Bengal Bouts, I jumped at the idea.
I walked into the experience knowing that I would be starting from scratch. I knew nobody and nobody knew who the guy in the hat with the cameras was either. The thing that struck me was the friendliness that was shown and the sportsmanship in general. People were there to support and cheer for their friends, boxers hugged after a hard fought bout and other photographers were nice about giving me a bit of room to shoot from. Most everyone seemed to know everyone, and there was a real camaraderie. I mostly hung out around the edges and tried to capture what I saw. I wanted to put together a set of photos that were poetic, classic and brutal. Hopefully it was successful. I had ringside access to the first three rounds, and for the championship round I put the camera down and just watched.
Here is a photo journey through the first 3 rounds in no particular order, but designed to tell the story I saw. Thanks to Dave Brown and Bengal Bouts for the opportunity, and I’m looking forward to next year!
- Football. Quenton Nelson, Mike McGlinchey Named Preseason Associated Press All-Americans
- M. Soccer. #10 Irish Outrun Valpo 3-0 In Grassroot Soccer Clash
- W. Basketball. Visual Look Back at Ogunbowale's Trip to Tokyo
- W. Volleyball. Notre Dame Volleyball Season Preview
- Football. Notre Dame Stadium: It's a Go
- W. Soccer. Offense Erupts in #18 Notre Dame's 4-0 Win
- Football. Bob Elliott: A Warrior for All Seasons
- Football. Limited Tickets Remain for Irish Football Home Opener Versus Temple
- M. Soccer. #10 Irish, Valpo Clash In Annual Grassroot Soccer Contest
- W. Soccer. #18 Irish, Butler Draw 0-0 In 2017 Lid-Lifter
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- 📚 The first day of classes is complete and our students are home under the dome. Here's to a new school year! https://t.co/vAkGqiGk9K 5 hours ago
- 🏈 INSIDE NOTRE DAME STADIUM Here's a look at the renovated restrooms! #NDBiggerThanBrick https://t.co/gcKD1V4heT 8 hours ago
- ☘ Stadium Updates We renovated the restrooms at Notre Dame Stadium. Check back soon to see the interior!… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… 11 hours ago
- ⚽️ ND TAKES DOWN VALPO! #10 @NDMenSoccer downs Valpo 3-0 in annual Grassroot Soccer game. 📽 Highlights https://t.co/5v6zVelR07 14 hours ago
- "We're right where we need to be." @NDSportsBlogger interviewed D-Lineman Daelin Hayes after Sunday's New & Gold G… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 1 day ago