My project involves taking simple portrait photographs using whatever natural light is available, of someone from the boxing industry past and present (professional fighters, trainers, promoters etc) and where possible, they then provide follow up contact details for potential future subjects. In due course, I will aim to show where the connections have originated from and how my portfolio has grown – a kind of family tree of boxing.
My aim is to take as many portrait photographs of people involved in boxing from established world champions with global reputations to new professionals starting out on their journey. Starting from no contacts i have now been fortunate enough to meet and photograph boxing greats such as Roberto Duran, Jake LaMotta, Marco Antonio Barrerra, Nigel Benn and the late great Joe Frazier.
My goal is to ultimately promote an exhibition of portraits within the UK and around the world to be supported by historic memorabilia and interactive archive footage.
I have a genuine passion for both boxing and photography and am starting out on a very ambitious project which with the support from those within the industry will hopefully reach the undoubted heights of its potential.
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