Chris Wage Photography 

THE Nashville Roller Girls


This year, I had the honor of photographing the Nashville Roller Girls through their 2010 season. I skulked around in the background through practices, scrimmages, bouts, and, begrudgingly, afterparties, where I was forced, against my will, to cavort and socialize with all of my subjects. It was hard work, but in the interest of journalistic integrity, I felt it was necessary, to give you, dear readers, the real deal. Seriously, though: I met a lot of truly, truly amazing people, and made lots of great friends. I also, surprisingly, found myself the fan of a sport. No, really! I know the rules and everything! I’ve even found myself yelling alongside other belligerent individuals at other sporting events. Roller derby is apparently the true gateway drug.

I witnessed a team of young, raw recruits training their asses off, while a tireless group of individuals worked behind the scenes to keep things running. I witnessed that team face the uncertainty of their entire league’s future, with their former home at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds uncertain. I saw the team bent low by injury and relocation, but not broken. I watched the same team rise to the challenge and emerge victorious — eventually heading to the national championships. A true accomplishment. I understand Atlanta wanted to be there, but they couldn’t make it.

So, I’ll probably be featuring a lot of the 8 brazillion photos I’ve taken over the last year on this blog, but I have actually made an effort to edit all those photos into a coherent set, which you can find here. See you all at the next bout!

Written by Chris

November 17th, 2010 at 2:24 am

6 Responses to 'THE Nashville Roller Girls'

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  1. Good job dude! The set works quite well.


    17 Nov 10 at 2:48 am

  2. thank you sir! these are great.


    17 Nov 10 at 9:13 am

  3. Beautifully done. Great visual narrative. Please keep them coming. :)


    17 Nov 10 at 1:27 pm

  4. Love the pictures. Wonderfully done!


    17 Nov 10 at 5:12 pm

  5. They need organ music.


    Dennis Wage

    18 Nov 10 at 11:49 am

  6. Well, sure, but EVERYTHING needs organ music. Everything that doesn’t already have it, anyways.


    19 Nov 10 at 9:11 am

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