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Travis Bell has been creating images professionally for over 15 years. He is an accomplished wedding, sports, editorial and event photographer.

Bell worked at his hometown newspaper, The Lancaster(SC) News, The Rock Hill(SC) Herald and at The State Media Co. While at The News The Herald and The State, he received more than 50 photography awards through the S.C. News Photographers Association and the S.C. Press Association.

He served on the communications staff for Gov. Jim Hodges for two years before launching his own business in 2001.

He learned many photography skills from his father, Bobby Bell, who owned Bell Studio in Lancaster, S.C. for thirty years. His father, while serving in the Air Force, processed film and printed photographs from the U-2 spy planes during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

Assignments have included photographing the NCAA Final FourNFLand NBA playoffs and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. His work has been seen in LIFEESPNSports Illustrated and Entertainment Weeklymagazines. His images have also appeared on Oprah and TNT.

Clients have included ESPN, Mercury Records, Disney, The City of Charleston, The S.C. Athletic Hall of Fame, The Washington Post andThe New York Times.

His photo wire service, Sideline Carolina, provides images to over 25 publications and websites in North and South Carolina from Clemsonand USC football and basketball.

He served as the official still photographer for ESPN's production of "3-The Dale Earnhardt Story".

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Columbia SC Photographer Travis Bell-Thankful He Wore His Jacket

Last week's assignment took me to Orlando to photograph the Gamecocks' appearance in The Capital One Bowl. I've been photographing Gamecock football since I was in college and currently provide images to the university from games.

The game went really well. Some rain in the beginning but it faded off. There were a ton of great plays in this one. Near the end, the Gamecock staff asked me to come inside the players box to photograph coach Spurrier if he got doused with Gatorade.

Pulling that type of shot off isn't easy. You have to keep an eye on the Gatorade cooler, an eye on Spurrier, the game clock and be aware if there's still a live play going on (The shot requires stepping out on to the field to get in front of Spurrier and I certainly don't want to be on the field if there's live play going on).

As the seconds ticked down, Victor Hampton and Jadeveon Clowney walked over towards the cooler. I began making my way through the crowd of players while keeping my eye on the clock, Spurrier and the game.

Spurrier started walking on the field and looked right at me and said "You're about to get wet!"

"I know", I told him. (I got splashed while photographing the same thing at the Clemson game when the players aimed the cooler at his head)

Fortunately, Spurrier told his players before the game that if they were going to splash him, to do it on his back. They did that and as a result, I didn't get wet this time. He was smart to put that jacket on just seconds before he gout doused.

I'm glad they aimed for his back too.

Photo ©2014 Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA

1 comment:

Derrick said...

It's really the story behind a great image that makes it special. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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