Unarmed

I photograph boxers, mixed martial arts fighters, ring girls and spectators engaged in amateur public fights. Functioning as an American rite of passage, these public showdowns contain both ceremonial pageantry and messy, bodily chaos. I am interested in the rituals surrounding these public spectacles, the fighters’ ability and inability to harness a sense of bravado, and the emotional space required to train for and execute full contact combat with another human being. Through the act of making photographs, I attempt to give reverence to the primal humanness of this pursuit. As the official ringside photographer, I make images for the fighters, promoters, and advertisers, while simultaneously contributing to my fine art practice. Utilizing a combination of choreographed images and straight visual documents, I am influenced by tough-guy personas and stereotypical images of fight culture machismo supplied by popular culture. The photographs attempt to acknowledge these formulaic images of masculinity while examining the edges of the pomp and circumstance along the ring.

Orion, 2016

The Australian, 2016

Grapplers #1, 2014

The Ghost, 2015

The American, 2016

Bigfoot, 2015

Grapplers #2, 2014

KO, 2015

First Fight, 2015

Superfan, 2014

Ring Girl, 2015

Erwin, 2015

Evolve, 2015

Red Corner, 2016

Grapplers  #3, 2014

Untitled, 2016

Grapplers #4, 2014

Upper Cut, 2015

Blue Corner, 2014

Sparring Partners, 2015

Tap Out, 2014

Title Champ, 2015

Block, 2014

Cage Light, 2015

Weigh-in, 2015

Nor Hum, 2014

Victor, 2014

Bam, 2015

Aja, 2015

All photographs are 18"x24" archival pigment prints.
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