Hi. I’m Anthony Solis and I’ll be your visual guide to the 2012 London Olympics for the Santa Cruz Sentinel. With 100 days until the opening ceremony, there’s still a lot to do to get ready. In fact, my wife and I have been planning this for nearly two years.
First off, a little about me:
I was born and raised on the Central Coast and have lived here my entire life. In 1999 I started working as a graphic designer at the Santa Cruz Sentinel and in 2004 I started getting back into photography, a hobby I had as a child. Now, in addition to designing the front page of the newspaper and The Guide entertainment section, I’m also a freelance photographer. I’ve been published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Gilroy Dispatch, Santa Cruz Magazine, JPEG Magazine, UC Santa Cruz Review and the French sports magazine Fluid.
My next adventure is to cover the London Olympics for the Sentinel with my wife of 4 years, Sentinel sports editor Julie Jag. My only earlier brush with the Olympics was as a wannabe 400-meter sprinter in the mid-90s. Turns out that you actually have to somewhat like running and be good at it to be an Olympian.
Despite my failed Olympic dreams, I’m extremely excited to photograph the Olympic experience. I say experience and not the Games themselves because since the Sentinel is such a small paper we couldn’t get two press credentials. So you’ll get to read all about the Games from Julie. I’ll bring you images from outside the venues and what life is like for Londoners while the Games are in town. And who knows, I may get a last-minute press pass. There’s always that hope.
This will likely be the longest post you will read by me. Words are the specialty of my wife, so I’ll leave most of that to her.