Vogue Italy - “Shadow Boxing(#4)”
“Sometimes ya gotta fight your own ( evil) shadow ” NYC Muay Thai Fighter Eddie Cuello Sitan gym NYC 2012.
This image is from my photo series on shadow boxing, it’s a play on the word shadow so I try to incorporate some interesting shadow in to the image to make it looks like he’s fighting his own shadow.
I’m approaching fighter’s portraits for this series more like dancer portraits, Eddie has really long arms and legs that look elegant when he’s shadow boxing. The strong lighting that casted intense shadow on the wall give a sense of theatre and high drama almost like he’s on stage. The name of this move in ancient Muay Thai is roughly translated to Hanuman giving the ring, Hanuman is one of our beloved hero, the monkey king from the epic The Ramakien ( Ramayana) and the funny thing is that the shadow kind of look like a monkey with tail too, do you see it??
Muay Thai fighters shadow box to practice their moves and when you see a really good fighter moving through the air shadow boxing it can kind of look like dance moves at first because it can be so graceful but then you see them start hitting the pads or fighting that’s when you see the brutality.
— with Eddie Cuello.vogue martial arts muay thai nick isamu barose photography sports thai boxing shadowboxing
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