Friday, January 27, 2012
I worked on some of these shoots with Jill whilst I lived in LA, images below, and was at the same time surprised and not surprised to see the images exhibited.
It is worth noting that these events happened and were not created in post production (although the images have been heavily worked on in post).
I was disturbed by some of the goings on and people on the shoot day. The lengths that some people will go to (for what and why? to be funny? because they are unstable? is it a fetish?- why is the unanswered question) pushed my boundaries too far and I was uneasy helping with the job.
But I guess that is what Jill wanted to do and now she is challenging an audience to look at these images and pass comment on what she says is 'people behaving like animals'.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Negro Casas has been wrestling now for 30 years and has always wrestled without a mask, something unusual within the Lucha Libre.
I have been struggling to edit these photos down from the chosen 3 below and am also wondering whether the shots work better in black and white or colour.
I have discovered lately that blogging my edits often helps me make a final selection down the line so hopefully all will become clear in a few days......
Friday, January 20, 2012
'Lucha Libre' means free wrestling in Spanish although now the term refers exclusively to professional wrestling. The wrestlers are known as Luchadores (or a luchador).
Mexican wrestling is characterized by the colorful masks, rapid sequences of holds and maneuvers, as well as high flying manouevers. The wearing of masks has developed special significance, and matches are sometimes contested in which the loser must permanently remove his mask, which is a wager with a high degree of weight attached.
As luchadores normally hide their identity behind the mask, it is the ultimate humiliation if a luchador has his masked ripped off to reveal his true identity after or during a fight.
Tag team wrestling is especially prevalent in lucha libre, particularly matches with three-member teams, called trios.
I love the theatre of the wrestling, it's such a performance and so fun to watch. Historically Mexican wrestling dates back to regional matches of the early 1900's and it's common to encounter families of luchadores.
I am currently trawling through my portraits and below are 2 favorites from my shoot with Ultimo Dragoncito. At the moment, I can't decide on my preferred shot so I thought I would blog both of them........
Ultimo Dragoncito (real name unrevealed; born August 8, 1972) is a part of Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre's (CMLL), or "Mini", division and is the only wrestler to hold the CMLL World Mini-Estrella Championship two times. Ultimo Dragoncito is Spanish for "Little Ultimo Dragon", alluding to the fact that he wrestles as a mini version of Ultimo Dragon.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
"The consensus of modern scholars is that the word mariachi is indigenous to Mexico. The now-extinct Coca language of central Jalisco is the most frequently cited as its probable source. Legend erroneously attributes the word to the French Intervention of the 1860s, explaining it as a corruption of the French word mariage, and citing a similarity between mariachi (or its archaic variant, mariache) and the French word for wedding. Historical documents prove that both the word mariachi and the ensemble it designates pre-date the French occupation of Mexico, making any similarity with the French word a phonetic coincidence" (Clark, 1996).
The mariachi ensemble generally consists of violins, trumpets a classical guitar a vihuela (a high-pitched, five-string guitar), a guitaron (a large acoustic bass guitar) and, on occasion, a harp. The musicians dress in silver-studded charro outfits with wide-brimmed hats. The original Mariachis were Mexican street musicians orbuskers but many today are professional entertainers making paid appearances in the entertainment industry. Professionals can usually play more than one instrument, and all can sing. Mariachi music, as well as other forms of traditional Mexican music, is also noted for the grito mexicano a yell done at musical interludes within a song, either by the musicians or the audience.
Below are some portraits I shot of the Mariachi's at Plaza Garibaldi in Mexico City in December.....
Monday, January 16, 2012
Mariachi portraits to follow......
Monday, January 9, 2012
This shoot was a challenging one as I couldn't show any of the children's face's. It's quite tricky trying to create engaging photography using the backs of heads!
Anyway, we got there eventually and I'm pleased with the way it all looks, especially when combined with illustration.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
I shot this in Mexico Arena after a wrestling match.