I [Patrick Butler, WCF journalism Sports Trainee] caught up with Laura Godenzi, the World Curling Federation’s photography Sports Media Trainee at the Le Gruyère European Curling Championships
(ECC) 2015, while she was in between shoots at the Granly Hockey Arena in Esbjerg, Denmark.
Laura, 21, grew up in Chur, Switzerland, but now studies in Lugano, in the country’s Italian region. This is her first time covering a live curling event, although she first cut-her-teeth taking sports pictures at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games
in Nanjing, China and the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto, Canada.Here’s what she had to say about her experience so far:
Patrick (P): What have you been up to so far at the ECC 2015?
Laura (L): I’m a WCF photographer, so I’ve been taking pictures of all the games and everything that’s been going on around the ice.
P: How many pictures would you say you’ve taken?
L: I’d say 5,000 or so (laughs). I mean, I took 500 hundred just then, probably a bit more actually. But, obviously I take a lot of pictures and then I make a selection. It’s not that all of them end up being great. There’s a lot of useless pictures.
P: Do you have a favourite team to photograph?
L: With the men, it’s the Norwegians because of their pants. They look so great. Everyone else should have something like they do. The Swedish guys are good as well. Maybe the Finnish guys too. But there’s this one guy on the Finnish team, the one with the blonde hair (skip Aku Kauste, pictured above
), he has his eyes always covered by his hair. It’s so long, so I can never see them. But I made it today – it was great. On the women’s side, I really like photographing the Swedish women with the colours of their uniforms, and the Russians as well.
P: What do you find the hardest part about photographing here at the ECC 2015?
L: It’s not even the photography itself, but just staying in the curling hall. It can get so cold. That’s the hardest part. I just switch between taking pictures on the sheets and going to get teas.
P: Before you came here how much did you know about curling?
L: I’d seen it on TV a couple times and I curled once before. So, I tried it out once and I informed myself a bit about the rules before coming here, obviously, but it’s safe to say I’m not a curling expert.
P: What have you learned about taking sports pictures, though?
L: I learned about the workflow and some new shots, especially this “chaos shot” I’ve been working on. I’m learning how to use my camera better and how to move around to get better shots. I’d photographed before at the Youth Olympic Games
and the Parapanam games, but every time I was there it was different events. I’m learning more every place I go and every new experience I have.
P: Has anything surprised you about working at the ECC 2015?
L: Well, the people are very nice. Not that I expected bad people here, they’re just especially nice. They’ve welcomed us on the team and I feel very comfortable working with them. It’s a great experience.
P: There’s still a few days left to the ECC 2015, but what do you think you’ll remember most from your experience?
L: I’ll remember all the curlers yelling (laughs). But seriously, having fun, being with the people here, learning new things, having a new experience. It’s been great.