I’ve been a big admirer of all things photo in ESPN The Magazine for years now, so when they came calling (via my wonderful agent at Redux Pictures) I was over the moon. They told me they were devoting the lion’s (eagle’s?) share of an issue to Michael Vick and they wanted me to photograph his fiancee, mother, brother and best friend. It was an amazing multi-day, multi-city shoot during which I got to meet some really wonderful individuals. The interesting thing about Vick’s people is that, while it’s clear they still feel the residual pain of the dog-fighting ordeal and its fallout, they’ve come out on the other side and the future is bright. I’m grateful to them for their time and willingness to open up to the magazine for what I think is one of the best pieces of long-form sports journalism to come along in years.
Brenda Vick greeted me at the door to her home wearing this all white ensemble. I swear I could hear the hallelujah choir singing for a moment. Seriously though, she was just as angelic as she looked. Very sweet.
I met Michael’s brother Marcus Vick at his mother’s home. We took a few pictures there, but then took a trip to the Ridley Circle Homes public housing projects where the Vick brothers spent their formative years. It was fascinating- Marcus showed me their first “football field” which was a common area between the homes. He pointed out the markers that served as their yard lines. He showed me the home they grew up in.