Went to shoot the Polar Bear Plunge yesterday. This one wasn’t in the lake or anything like other plunges I’ve shot over the years…it was in a pool. The Asheville Racquetball Club donated the use of their outside pool so that participants could freeze their cajones off.
The folks doing the jumping had a good spirit about them. All the way from a local attorney jumping into the frigid water to “Superheroes” braving the icy depths.
Most of them jumped into the water with some kind of soundtrack playing in the background.
The plunge was to raise money for the Manna Food Bank here in Asheville. Their resources have really been stretched thin by this lousy economy. Somehow though they keep on doing what they’re doing to help feed the hungry. And they do it with a smile.
Me? I just stood around the pool and grabbed some shots. Some for me. Some for the participants. Some for The MountainXpress. Hope you enjoy looking at them. You can see them by clicking here.
Being my restless self, I also put together a slide show of some of the shots. With my own soundtrack in the background, you can see it by clicking here.
Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist living in Asheville, North Carolina. He has traveled the world documenting the tears, joys, laughter and lives of people everywhere. He currently focuses his camera on the same topics in America. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as USAToday, CNN, Upsurge, Dream Row and others. A portion of his income from each photo shoot is donated to organizations that help the homeless in the communities in which he works. You can see more of his photography by clicking here.