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New York professional photographer turns her lens on the University’s student-athletes
Every year, photographer Sasha Nialla donates her services to organizations she believes could benefit from professional portrait photography. Recently, she turned her lens on the UB women’s gymnastics team, which she documented at Wheeler Recreation Center over the course of four days. The results are stunning. Capturing the student-athletes in mid-performance and in the quiet moments before they soar into the spotlight, the series “explores what the audience sees as the illusion created by all the hard work, pain, talent, love, and commitment of this beautiful sport,” says Nialla.
“I believe it’s something I do well, and I want to give back,” she says.
Nialla’s previous projects have helped organizations raise awareness about individuals dealing with overwhelming experiences, and highlights of her work have appeared on billboards in Times Square for Bideawee, standees of breast cancer survivors with NFL players in Kroger supermarkets, and on PepsiCo and Gatorade packaging.