The wrestling season is in full swing and the next event I was asked to cover was a bout in Clifton, Bedfordshire. This was another fun packed evening with all the twists and turns you expect from an Ultimate British Wrestling event.
Clifton community centre is an easy location to reach just a few miles north of Hitchin. From my previous wrestling shoots I knew to be a little bit early so I had time to catch-up with some of the wrestlers, check-out the location and of course get the inside line on the running order. Being a regular visitor to UBW events has definitely become a bit of habit for me now and it’s great to arrive somewhere and have everyone know your name!
As always with shooting on location understanding the light is key, so I took a while to look at the hall, and think about what was likely to work well, especially as the light changed from evening to night. From my previous wrestling shoots I had a good idea about what to look for and the sorts of settings which would work well.
With each new shoot I’m looking for a new angle, and different ways to present the images. So the look I’ve chosen this time features a series of portraits of the individual wrestlers as strong contrasty images, to really bring out the detail of their expressions and very dark de-saturated backgrounds to help the images “Pop”. Why not check out the images in the gallery at the foot of this post.
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Here are some of my favourite photos from the evening, but you can see the full set on my Pro-Gallery (here), where you can also order prints and other photographic gifts.