Thursday, February 24, 2011

You thought I was kidding about that whole "...then I went to a boxing match." thing.


I've been wanting to photograph boxers for a while now, and my dear friend Matt McCullough, fortunately for me, has his hands in a million different sporting events, including the boxing matches at B.B. King's in Times Square.

I believe our text message exchange went something like this:

Me: I'd really like to come! Can I shoot a bit?
Matt: Of course - that's why I thought you'd like it. That and people legally beating each other up.

At the Super Bowl this year, he had one of his Sports Illustrated buddies send him a shot of Hines Ward's TD to give to me, which is now proudly displayed amongst my set-lists and credentials.

Good kid, that Matt McCullough.

Anyway, we've been trying to arrange this for a while now, but about two weeks ago, finally found a boxing match that didn't conflict with either of our absurd schedules. And it was good, good fun. I think I will shoot a lot differently next time, as there is a lot I still need to learn, but it was a solid first attempt for sure. If nothing else, it was a night with company I rarely get to keep.

Thanks again, Mr. McCullough!


BILEC said...

ah! do more boxing! boxing. crackers man. peas and cakes. boxing. pie and chips. boys and men. rocky graziano. i once worked a corporate gig lighting for an endoscope training video and the director's name was rocky graziano. stanley kubrick shot a beautiful series of rocky in LOOK magazine in the 50's. i cant remember the book i saw this in, i can't remember the name of the bookstore, but i remember i was in san francisco and it was raining cats and dogs and kittens that day. and i remember this image.

do more boxing. yes i said endoscopes.

BILEC said...

and yes i just woke up in the middle of the night in a hyatt in tampa to get a bottle of water and comment on this. don't put this blog to bed.