A great way to gain insight into Scott Hirano’s creative direction and how he gets the photos he does is to take a look at his inspiration. His photojournalistic style is inspired by the likes of: James Nachtwey, Eugene Richards, Nina Berman, and especially one of his favorites W. Eugene Smith. He feels that their secret is to invest a lot of time into their subjects, which in turn creates images that are way too real.
This is our second instalment of our feature called “Behind the Lens: The Unsung Heroes” – in which we celebrate some of the best photographers within the fight industry. Many of these guys and girls help to accelerate the growth of the female fighting industry, and their work and effort often go un-praised.
In part one we introduced you to incredible French photographer Thomas Weber. We specifically split this article in two so we could shoehorn in more of his great photos for you. In this part we’ll discuss his thoughts on female fighters, and briefly mention his other subject matter.
You may recall that last month we introduced this new feature called “Behind the Lens: The Unsung Heroes” – a celebration and tip of the hat to some of the best photographers in the fight industry. For it is these guys and girls that help to accelerate the growth of female fighting, and they often go unnoticed as people. Our first photographer that we’ll be taking a look at is Thomas Weber.
We have just passed our two year anniversary! We wanted to create a quick montage for, by way of celebrating the last two years and some of the athletes we’ve worked with. What you see in the video is just a very tiny portion of what we’ve been up to, but some of our favorite work.
Every day for the next four days, we’ll be posting a Judgement Day 2 article, one for each of the four female fighters competing at the event. We have an interview with Victoria Lomax; who challenges from the Awakening World Title, and both Vicky Church and Lauren ‘The Hatchet’ Huxley who face each other for a British Title.
We decided to pay Maureen Riordon a visit whilst passing through Denver, Colorado last year. We caught up with her at FusBoxe MMA and Fitness, and pestered her to allow us to capture her training regime. She was being put through her paces by partner and coach Michael Sullivan. They were very welcoming and we’d recommend FusBoxe to anyone in the area wanting to keep fit.
Back in November, we asked our beloved photographer Kelly Smith if she would go out into the field with Sheree Halliday and shoot some natural, non Muay Thai photographs for us. Kelly took it literally and took Sheree to… wait for it… a field!
A couple of weeks ago one of our amazing photographers, Kelly Smith reported to me by phone from Soft Play with her children… “Hey, you might want to come down here for a coffee… I’m sat with Sheree Halliday”
We recently travelled to Swansea, Wales to do a fun photo shoot with the young 16 year old up-and-coming Muay Thai fighter Lauren ‘The Hatchet’ Huxley. An exciting fighter that we lovingly named ‘The Hatchet’ (see earlier article), Lauren and her family happily took the name and ran with it.