Chasing a Photo for a Lifetime [chasejarvis RAW video]

When the Seahawks raised the Super Bowl trophy before my very eyes last Sunday I couldn’t help think that I’d been waiting a lifetime for this. But it was far more than being born + raised in Seattle that overwhelmed me – it was that I knew I’d captured a photo that I’d been chasing my entire life.

ENTER, the 12the man. Backstory courtesy of Wikipedia.
As most [American] football leagues allow a maximum of eleven players per team on the playing field at a time, referring to a team’s fans as the 12th man implies that they have a potentially helpful role in the game…The presence of fans can have a profound impact on how the teams perform…Thus these fans will often create loud sounds or chant in hopes of distracting, demoralizing and confusing the opposing team while they have possession of the ball; or to persuade a referee to make a favorable decision. Noises are made by shouting, whistling, stomping and various other techniques.

SO, while I’ve spent so much of my life steeped in athletics — from my middle school years as raucous little skate punk, to an athletic scholarship that put me through college, further still to a life spent in part making art around the lives and dreams of athletes from every corner of the globe — I had shot literally millions of images of the highest levels of competition known to humankind, yet I had never done any meaningful photography of… “the fan”.

NOW….armed with a lifetime of supporting my beloved Seattle Seahawks, as a kid in the 80′s when we could never beat John Elway’s Denver, to the 90s when my grandma gave me her season tickets and it was hard to get anyone go to the game with me let alone sit thru all 4 quarters (because we sucked), my team was finally headed to the big game. Never before in history was there a better time for my undertaking. SO, dreams do come true, and over the course of last weekend while 99.99999% of the cameras were focused on the field of play, I had the distinct opportunity to meet, wrangle, hang with and –most importantly photograph — hundreds, even thousands of “12th Man” Seattle Seahawk fans.

The following is a short vid we made along the way to share this all with you. Amidst the street photography, face paint and fan fare, be on the lookout for a floating BudLight hotel, a Foo Fighters concert, a muppet with a gun, a full court swish, a broken camera, cameos from Anchorman’s “Champ”, a bacon cheeseburger bigger than my torso, and –the man who made it– Epic Meal Time’s Harley Morenstein.

Big big ups to Big Chocolate + K.Flay for the beats. This song is so dope.
And double up thanks to BudLight for making all this possible. We had a blast, made some mischief, and made some art.

The final piece is a limited edition 36×60″ Giclée Print. Inquiries here.

chase jarvis 12th man

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26 Responses to Chasing a Photo for a Lifetime [chasejarvis RAW video]

  1. Kyle lehman February 10, 2014 at 5:05 am #

    That burger is so huge!

    • Chase February 10, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

      at first glance it seems like it was just a proportion issue here in the video, but I can assure you it was bigger than my head and Champ (David Koechner’s) head put together. Mammoth.

  2. faisal February 10, 2014 at 6:08 am #

    At the end of the day, the complete efforts bear fruit.

    • Chase February 10, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

      that must be a proverb or something….

  3. Stergio February 10, 2014 at 6:59 am #

    That was a great idea and a nice video too ;)

  4. Len February 10, 2014 at 7:55 am #

    Chase, this is so cool! I hope the Seahawks hang the pictures up in the stadium. Real fan appreciation!!

    • Chase February 10, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

      I’ll get right on that ;) I think it’ll probably be more for collectors and memorabilia fanatics ;) But either way – I’m proud of the work.

  5. Jake Repko February 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    This is awesome. We’ve never been to Seattle and decided to fly there the weekend of the Super Bowl. This is what it looked like through our eyes:

    • Chase February 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

      nice moves! Great weekend to be there. while I was in NYC, I still heard that it was pandaemonium (in the best way) in sea.

  6. Shawn Smith February 10, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    Hey Chase!

    Any chance for track and titles used during the video?


  7. Kyle Kesterson February 10, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    That Big C track is so freshhhh.

    Love that you were there representing and capturing! Great collab w/ Budlight.

    Is that a LEICA or Fuji you’re carrying with you? Just reserved my XT-1 and want to hear your thoughts.

    • Chase February 10, 2014 at 3:07 pm #

      I love all those little cameras. This was an olympus ep3 which I love. funny (or not so funny) but was planning to shoot this with the Leica but it…um…sustained some damage en route to the game. ugh :( but i still LOVE the ep3

  8. Gabriel February 10, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

    Gracias for sharing!!! Hola from Los Cabos
    Im fan of your work its inspiration for be creative and profesional

  9. Jeremy February 11, 2014 at 6:24 am #

    The Olympus sounds like a great little camera. What’s your compact camera of choice when your not lugging around the big boys?
    Is it the Leica?


    • Chase February 11, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

      its the EP3 because it’s very compact and has a built in flash. LOVE the leica but its similar level of commitment to a DSLR (external lenses, flash, etc).

  10. Dan Linthicum February 11, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

    Hey Chase!

    I’m Dan and I was in the Wilfred dog costume in your photo/vid
    I was interested in talking to you about getting some prints!

    I looked at your other work and was blown away, cool to meet a great talent!

    Hope to hear from you.

    • Chase February 13, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

      Cool! Ping me at the contact info on the site Dan.

  11. Rob February 17, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    Brings me back to the `85 Bears and awesome D. Enjoy!

    • Chase February 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

      DAAAAAaahhhh Bears.

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    I think patience can be learned with wildlife photographers

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