Hard Knocks When I initially immersed myself into the world of Roller Derby, I believed it was only about the grass roots revival of a women's contact team sport. I soon discovered that Derby is really about empowered women breaking barriers and creating new boundaries. I developed a great deal of respect for these women, as well as envy, and wished I had the courage to skate with them. Without getting paid and constantly running the risk of serious injury, these women transform themselves from moms, teachers, and business women into competitive athletes. The Derby names they give themselves reveal a bit about them individually i.e., "Tawdry Hepburn" and "Patsy Crime." Through my photographs, I endeavor to capture the femininity, diversity, sprit, and strength of the women of the Roller Derby. Photographed from 2005 -2009 Black and white medium and large format film based images. Fine art inkjet prints.