Will Davis has a tradition.
Every time the Ravens travel for a road game, he drops his bags in his hotel room, grabs his camera and finds a place to go photograph. He might go to a scenic city area or an old abandoned warehouse, whatever he thinks would make a good picture.
“It’s kind of like a getaway,” Davis said. “It’s something that gets your mind away for a little bit. You study all week, and by the time you get to the Saturday afternoon meetings and get to a new city, you kind of just want to get away and get your mind off football for a little bit.”
Davis is learning what it takes to be a photographer. He’s still getting down the mechanics of the art and adding equipment to his collection. But for him, the hobby is a perfect release.
“It’s something that I’m not the greatest at, but it intrigues me,” Davis said. “I want to be great, I want to be really good. So when you’re at that moment, it’s actually fun to just try to get better, get better, so you smile throughout it.”
The passion Davis has for photography started through his desire to travel. Right before getting drafted, Davis bought a passport. He knew that playing in the NFL would give him the means to see the world, and he wanted to take it all in. He visited Sweden, Paris and London, and those travels sparked an interest in photography. He bought a camera and just started taking pictures on his own. He then went to Italy, and had his camera on his neck the whole time. From there, he was hooked.
“It makes you just see the world differently when you’re looking through a lens,” he said. “And it forces you look – period – instead of down at your phone or whatnot.”
Below is a collection of photos that Davis has taken. Locations include Baltimore, Washington D.C., New York, Rome, Cleveland and London.