The Glory of Mud

Michael Holahan
From left, Chyanne Hite, 11, Curtis Campbell,11, Connor Huffman, 5, and Kaylin Dunn, 9, play in a muddy pit at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds this past summer in Augusta.

Mud.  Glorious mud. Few things lend themselves to photography as readily as mud.  Just add someone crazy enough to splash around in it and burn frame (press the button). Your friends will think you're a photographic genius.


My dirty infatuation began while I was still in college at the University of Florida. One day a large, shallow, muddy pit appeared near some dorms. Measuring 30 by 40 feet, this was the playing field for "Mudfest".  Dorm residents formed teams and competed in games like MudTug (tug o' war), MudPolo (more like soccer except you can carry the ball), MudUltimate (Frisbee), and MudVolleyball.  For me, Mudfest was nirvana - combining two of my great photographic loves: sports and mud. 


It was all great fun, of course, but it was especially fun to photograph.  For some reason, everything looks more exciting, more dramatic and more interesting when it's covered in mud.


Luckily, you don't have to go far from Augusta to find fun in the mud.  Check out some of the photos I shot a few months ago at the Marine Mud Challenge at Fort Gordon:


You should also check out Corey Perrine's terrific photos from last summer's delightfully muddy Redneck Olympics:

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