Great Britain

GLIMPSES: In Olympic volleyball, hands from the darkness

From the darkness, hands emerge, reaching for the volleyball.

They belong to Kenya’s Sharon Chepchumba Kiprono, blocking the ball during the women’s volleyball preliminary round pool A match against the Dominican Republic at the Tokyo Games on Saturday.

A shot like this — which evokes magic and shadows and feels compellingly alive — does not come about by accident. Not hardly. Let the Associated Press photojournalist who made the image, London-baed Frank Augstein, explain:

“We came up with ideas every day by concentrating on the highlights and by learning what is important in this kind of sport," Augstein says. "The visual stuff can be reduced to hands, arms and balls. So when some players turned up with arm sleeves to protect themselves from the ball impact, I only needed to wait for them to wear black ones and look for a dark background.”

Some photo positions at the volleyball venue gave him the opportunity to capture such a background, but it took a lot of tries to get it just right — and not only because he wanted the hands to look like they're coming out of nowhere.

“I tried for two days, as I wanted to have the ball showing the Olympic rings,” Augstein said Saturday. “Still not perfect, though, but still have another week to get it better.”


More AP Olympics: and

Football news:

Tim Sherwood: It will be difficult for Werner at Chelsea. He must show Tuchel that he has more than just good press
Klattenburg on Klopp: He does not know how to lose. When things went wrong, he began to get annoyed
Guardiola on the City fans after 0:0: I feel guilty at a bad game. I will be grateful even if 85 people come
Arteta about the series Ted Lasso: It gives a different perspective - you can look at things from different sides
Marca dashes evaluated the game of Suarez and Felix in the match with Athletic
Donovan condemned homophobia: Football means nothing if people suffer
Mane on 3-0 with Palace: It would be great to play with them every weekend. Thank you to the fans, the club and the staff, without them I am nothing