2012 Olympians is a really interesting project by photographer Jay L. Clendenin. Read more about the process on the Los Angeles Times.
For nearly four weeks in June and July, I drove around Southern California – with a quick jaunt to the Phoenix area – shooting portraits of athletes who would be competing in the 2012 London Olympics. I photographed them not only in color with my digital SLR cameras, but also in black and white, using a 4-by-5-inch field camera and a 100-plus-year-old Petzval lens. Each black-and-white portrait was exposed onto black-and-white photographic paper, processed in a darkroom and scanned into a computer. You can see both sets of portraits here and in the Los Angeles Times’ 2012 London Olympics section.