I was very excited when I stumbled across the Reginald Softie Portrait competition. Softie making was something I played around with a bit back in my teenage days. I loved it then, and this was the perfect opportunity to get creative with it again.
I knew who I wanted to do a portrait of right away, but I wasn’t sure if they would think it was a good idea or not. When I put it to him, he kinda liked the idea, but was a bit skeptical whether I could make it look like him or not.
And that is how I came to make a softie version of Guy.
Why Guy? Guy has been in my life for over six years now. From the moment I met him, I knew there was something special about him. He stole my heart, and introduced me to his world, the paintball world. It has been a rocky road, but well worth it.
Guy goes out of his way to make the world a better place. He has enriched the lives of those around him, whether they care to admit it or not, providing opportunities to expand ourselves. He is always happy to provide advice, whether it be personal, paintball or financial related.
Paintball was one thing he was very passionate about, and he used that to reach out to others. After many years of playing for other teams, he formed his own, “Thundercats” along side one of his closest friends, Blacky. “Thundercats” took “Nototrious” under their wing and so CPC – Capital Paintball Club was born. CPC was about helping each other be the best they could be, comradeship and being a close knit family. Guy went as far as providing job opportunities for some of the younger guys playing on the team, to help them get a financial start in life, and to keep them in the game. Our spare bed was always welcoming to those who needed a place to crash, and our backyard a place of many happy nights around the little fire pit.
Because of Guy, many of us have traveled near and far. I, personally, have traveled with Guy for paintball, to Perth WA, Adelaide SA, Moama VIC, many many times to Sydney NSW, Wagga NSW, Langkawi Malaysia, and soon to Melbourne VIC as well. Not to mention, a bunch of us are detouring to explore Vietnam at the end of this year, before heading back to Langkawi for World Cup Asia.
There is a lot more Guy has done for the sport, and the people around him, and if you know him, I’m sure you have your own stories.
Lately, people have forgotten what it is to be a family of ballers, with all the work and effort Guy has put into paintball, I thought it was about time I showed him how much I appreciate his efforts.
Stay tuned. I’ll put together some of my process shots to share the making of Guys portrait!