Fitzgerald’s passion for photography

CLICK on photo to see more. (Photo by Larry Fitzgerald)

When the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals clash Saturday night in a Christmas showcase on NFL Network, Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald will be concerning himself with post routes and Dallas cornerback Terence Newman. When he’s not looking in passes on gameday, Fitzgerald can be found looking behind the lens of his Canon 5D mark II.

Fitzgerald came to his love of photography through his love of travel. During the season, Fitzgerald  practices at home with his favorite subject, his 2-year-old son, Devin.

“My grandma jokes that my son is the most photographed kid ever,” Fitzgerald laughed. He even lets his son turn the camera on dad. “I put the strap over his neck so he doesn’t drop it (the camera).” His son loves being photographed, but Fitzgerald shared with us that his son gets just as excited when he’s behind the lens.

Most of the photography that Fitzgerald does Devin can’t do with him because of the strenuous travel schedule Fitzgerald keeps in the offseason. “I bang out 6-10 countries in 20-30 days,” he remarked matter-of-factly. He enjoys travel so much that he fits in as much as he can in the offseason. Fitzgerald has been to Thailand, India, China, Tokyo, Kenya, Brazil, Egypt … and that’s just the beginning of his massive travel log.

When Fitzgerald was in China, he went to the Great Wall — as most of us would if we went to China. But to get the incredible photo he took, he hiked out alone several miles to get to a place where there were no tourists and could take advantage of some beautiful light that day. “It wasn’t too smoggy. I went to a pretty remote area,” Fitzgerald said. “I was able to get some pretty good photos in that light and because I walked out so far away from all the people.” Typically, though, Fitzgerald is not walking away from other people. He loves to mingle with the locals and learn their cultures. He said he ate some things in China that he could not identify. “That’s part of the fun, but it can be challenging,” Fitzgerald laughed.

Fitzgerald’s next off-season trip, he hopes, will be to Rwanda to see the Silverback gorillas — also known as the Eastern Lowland gorillas.

Currently on Fitzgerald’s official Facebook page, he is running a contest called “Caught on Film.” Fitzgerald picks a subject for each month — this month’s is greatness — and his fans can submit their own work to coincide with the theme. Each month’s winner will receive an autographed jersey from No. 11. Larry told us that he was inspired to do such a contest because he wanted to engage with his fans and to encourage creativity.

So get out your camera and take a few photos of greatness. Only a few days left in the month, but share them with Fitzgerald and, who knows, you may walk away with an autographed jersey.

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