Like math, sports is a common language between humans, it can connect and challenge people all at once. This is the very reason Ike Han loves capturing sports games so much, he can feel the player’s spirit unfold as the game does.
It was his grandfather who first influenced Ike, seeing him work as a photo journalist and travel photographer, Ike has always been surrounded by amazing works. However, Ike’s bread and butter was painting, as an avid artist he would cover every surface possible in ink. When studying took priority his hobby was set aside for school, and it wasn’t until entering college that he discovered the joys of taking pictures; he had found a creative connection between painting and photography, whereby both allowed him to share a story.
“As I was becoming more and more addicted to photography, I started to learn and compile relevant knowledge from magazines and the Internet. I borrowed my father's DSLR and started my photography in 2012 when I was a junior in college, it has been a part of my life ever since.”
Being in college he frequented many college games, giving him ample opportunities to capture high adrenaline games. His earlier images have evolved from the ones we see now, his early aesthetics included over sharp imagery and high contrast tones–“as I took more photos I realized giving photos a story is more important than just the aesthetic skills. Stories that the photo encompasses are the soul of the photo, they bring the feelings that you had when you shot the pictures to the readers. Otherwise, it's just a one-dimensional graphic without emotional depth.”