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NFL Fans | Oakland Raider Nation and the Black Hole | Photo Essay

In Cultural Landscapes, Editorial, People, Reportage, Urban by drewbird2 Comments

His face is painted in a crossing pattern of black and white so that his black-sculpted-pointy goatee dives away from his chin. His trained eyes are obsessed, determined, menacing. Dangling from his neck are chains adorned with human skulls. With the help of 12-inch platform boots and a skull covered top hat, he towers well above seven feet. In a deep, booming voice he joins the chorus of ten thousand crazies: “Raiders! Raiders! Raiders! …”. This is the Black Hole at the Oakland Coliseum. This is the Raider Nation.

The Oakland Raiders have some of the most notorious fans in the history of the NFL. When my good friend Dave let me know he was coming to town to watch the Buffalo Bills vs. the Oakland Radiers on Sunday December 21, 2014, I thought it would be a great opportunity to make some photos. The following is a collection of images from that story. The Raiders beat the Bills in a close game, 26-24.

*I used only a single, fixed 50mm lens.

Okland Raiders Fan Photography | Oakland Freelance Photographers | San Francisco Freelance Photographers | Drew Bird Photography

Okland Raiders Fan Photography | Oakland Freelance Photographers | San Francisco Freelance Photographers | Drew Bird Photography

Okland Raiders Fan Photography | Oakland Freelance Photographers | San Francisco Freelance Photographers | Drew Bird Photography

Okland Raiders Fan Photography | Oakland Freelance Photographers | San Francisco Freelance Photographers | Drew Bird Photography

Okland Raiders Fan Photography | Oakland Freelance Photographers | San Francisco Freelance Photographers | Drew Bird Photography

Okland Raiders Fan Photography | Oakland Freelance Photographers | San Francisco Freelance Photographers | Drew Bird Photography

Okland Raiders Fan Photography | Oakland Freelance Photographers | San Francisco Freelance Photographers | Drew Bird Photography

Okland Raiders Fan Photography | Oakland Freelance Photographers | San Francisco Freelance Photographers | Drew Bird Photography

Drew is an Oakland Freelance Photographer and a San Francisco Freelance Photographer and a Bay area Freelance Photographer; an Oakland wedding photojournalist and a San Francisco wedding photojournalist; while he is based in the Bay area, Drew regularly photographs for clients throughout all of California, including Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, San Jose, Marin County, Santa Cruz, Eureka, Santa Rosa, Mendocino, Monterey, Sacramento, Santa Barbra, and Napa, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Nevada, all across the USA and everywhere on Earth. He specializes in creative storytelling and artistic photojournalism, environmental photojournalism, environmental justice photography, and stories about human-earth relationships including urban farming, agriculture, water use, climate change, ocean issues, energy issues, pollution, and natural resource economics. You can view more of his photojournalism, editorial, and lifestyle work here and more of his documentary style wedding work here.

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