Fortress of Solitude
Fortress of Solitude
Fortress of Solitude
Fortress of Solitude
Fortress of Solitude
Fortress of Solitude
Fortress of Solitude

Fortress of Solitude

There are a few things that immediately impress you if you spend anytime around real boxers.  The first is how hard they work and how little they get in return for their effort.  The second is how much of a solitary life it is.  Hours upon hours spent alone sweating in an empty gym just practicing and building stamina.  Finally, it is the close almost paternal relationship that exists between the boxer and their coach.  I tried to capture all of that in these shots.

These images are some of the last I took with my Olympus EM-10 with my new at the time Olympus 14-40 Pro F2.8 lens.  It was seeing the blurring in these shots and how dark they were that finally compelled me to invest in newer gear and more specifically the Panasonic GH5, Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Art lens, and the Metabones Speedbooster Ultra adapter.  It is not that they are bad images, and in fact in a lot of ways I really appreciate the darker tone they provide, but I felt limited in what I could do with that setup and really wanted more flexibility in how I could shoot.

All credit to my subjects in these photos Christian Steele, Six, and James Franke.

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