Mystery in Milwaukee

By: Gustav Hoiland

Apr 07 2010

Category: bike polo

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Focal Length:70mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80


Just another polo crash photo? No! This is… well, a crash photo that presents all sorts of conundrums and oddities while leaving out the usual emotions of terror, pain, or flat suffering generally shown in polo crashes. For the polo’ers out there, this was shot at last year’s COG tournament in Milwaukee.

Perhaps the only complete thing we have here is that bike. The black bike without a rider. The black bike, hovering inches above the ground (see shadows). Perhaps it is possessed, and that is its normal state of being. More likely there just hasn’t been enough time elapsed for gravity to pull it down. In all likelihood, I’m just getting carried away.

So we have a missing player, to be found on the left side of the frame. He seems to be causing some inconvenience to the bike rider with whom he is colliding. Look at the angle of his leg compared to the back tire of the bike in the very bottom left. Coincidence? To be fair, he is trying his best to turn away from his fellow cyclist, as can be seen by the extension of his right arm across his body (which gives us that great floating forearm there in the top left).

Moving on, Man Center appears to be holding a mallet in each hand as he charges along. While not entirely impossible, I think wrist sizes tend to be in the same ballpark on any given human, and his right wrist looks a bit tiny. Perhaps that’s why he uses a more protective glove on that hand.

Enough babbling. I’m heading out to the courts!

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