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JUNE 2005
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Gasping for Air
Photograph by Jay Dickman

To relieve his asthma symptoms and breathe easy again, eleven-year-old
De'Jon "DJ" Hemphill takes a quick hit from his inhaler during football practice in Redlands, California, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) east of Los Angeles. Coping with some of the nation's worst air quality—which is aggravated by southern California's frequently hot, dry weather—local coaches rely on updates from the National Weather Service to help schedule practices. "If the air quality is going to be bad, we don't run," says Mark Jurado, president of Redlands Junior All American Football. "We watch the air quality very closely out here."

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/2.8

Weather Conditions: Warm
Time of Day: Dusk
Lighting Techniques: Available light
Special Equipment or Comments: Using the chain link fence patterns, I tried to visually create the feeling of suffocation, which is what DJ feels during an asthma attack.
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