For the final image in this series, I aimed for a simple portrait. The white wall appeared somewhat dull, so I introduced some color and texture to enhance it. I would like to extend my gratitude to the Kuopio Fighter Club for generously allowing us to shoot on their premises.
I wanted to capture an image with a slightly different mood – a boxer lost in thought beside the ring, conveying a sense of melancholy compared to the rest of the images. Unfortunately, I often forget to take setup images, particularly when shooting outside my studio. However, this time I happened to have one image...
I’m still using this collection of punching bags. For this image, I wanted to create the impression of a larger hall, so I mirrored the right half of the image. It’s easy to notice that it’s mirrored, but personally, I find that it works quite well.
Near the ring, there was a cluster of punching bags that were already featured in the previous image. I found them quite picturesque and incorporated them into half of the images. Otherwise, capturing a shot like this was a ‘must have’ for the boxing series.
The boxer series continues with this captivating shot from behind. The boxer’s hoodie had a shiny appearance, prompting me to deliberately underexpose the image to preserve the highlights. Since I aimed to create a moody atmosphere, this approach also resulted in darker white walls.
Presenting the first image from my series of boxer-themed photographs. We were granted access to shoot at the premises of the Kuopio Fighter Club, which is located within an air raid shelter/cave in Kuopio, Finland. Assisting me with the lighting was my son.
Nordic Master of Photography, Monochrome title from Nordic Championship of Photography 2023 with four portraits of bearded men.
Nominee for Burning at Both Ends in Fine Art and End of Excitement in Portrait from 16th International Color Awards, 2023.