I was awarded the NFFF Gold at the Nordic Championship of Photography – collection/series 2023 for my ‘The Boxer’ series. I don’t think I have ever received perfect scores from every judge, neither for an image series nor for a single image.
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.