Randy Johnson was a tower of terror during his 22-year major league career, standing 6'10" and firing 100 MPH fastballs that made batters shake in their stirrups. But after retiring in 2010, the man known as "The Big Unit" put down his glove and picked up a camera, turning a lifelong hobby into a second career.
"I actually started taking pictures in high school," he laughs. "Then baseball took over my life for two decades."
Since then, he's shot for the likes of U2, Rush and Metallica, and last weekend, the future Hall of Famer headed to Knotfest to document Slipknot's new chapter for Rolling Stone. From the pits to the dressing rooms – and everywhere in between – Johnson brought the same intensity to his assignment as he did to each of the 4,100 innings he hurled in the majors, and then some.
"It was electric," he says. "Kind of like taking the mound for the first time out of spring training."
Here, in his own words, are the stories behind his photos.