Markus Gilliar: “Equestrian is a quiet sport. No duels, no struggles. In the background you hear elevator-music. It’s a challenge to produce exciting photos, but sometimes you need also luck combined with very fast autofocus for an extraordinary picture.”
“Pictures from the athletes at the dressage course are seen 1000+ times, so I tried to find a special angle for another view and I waited for a long time at this position till Isabel Werth started her round.”
“For this picture I went to the spectator’s tribune on the opposite site of the media tribune to capture the atmosphere of the stadium.”
“There are many banal shots from different victory ceremonies. Portraits, medals, pretty boring. I wanted to tell a short and different story in association with the winner.”
Bio: Markus Gilliar (53) has been a professional sports photographer since 1985. He is the founder and owner of the sports photography agency GES-Sportfoto located near Karlsruhe/Germany. Markus covered nine Olympic Games, eight Football European Championships and seven Football World Cups.
He welcomes the time to cover the variety of sports presenting themselves during the Olympics as a form of balance to the more routine soccer season coverage and assignment photography. He especially enjoys these two weeks, ‘going free-style’ as he calls it, to seek out sports that are typically not front and cover.