I don’t remember basketball without Kobe.

The mini fro. The forearm band. The three-peat. #8. #24.

The standard he’s set for dedicating your entire existence to a craft inspired a similar attitude in myself. It helped me achieve my own success as a photographer.

That’s why capturing Kobe’s last game against the L.A. Clippers was one of the greatest moments in my life personally and professionally.

It was the first time I captured a subject through a bittersweet lens because it hit me that the last of my childhood was coming to an end.

You’ve inspired a generation with your passion, hunger, and relentlessness.

Thank you for everything, Mamba.

Will