Jason Collins for The New York Times

I love people of courage. It comes in all forms. When I met Jason I told him a guy friend had asked me to thank Jason for coming out. He thought for a minute and said “Tell him you’re welcome… It’s strange to be thanked for being honest about who you are.” During our shoot and listening to his interview with Jennifer Medina I was struck by his humble grace amid what was a media storm. He still went and worked out the morning of our shoot, between taking calls from President Obama and Oprah. He seemed so happy about finally being able to be open about who he was, and grateful at the great response he had gotten. He will make the road better for young men, athletes and African-American men who are gay. He is a hero.http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/01/sports/jason-collins-took-personal-steps-before-coming-out-publicly.html?_r=0

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Cub Swanson for Fight Magazine

 

I have wanted to shoot Cub Swanson for the last year. Something about him was so likeable. I was thrilled when Fight Magazine called to ask me to shoot him for the cover and feature of this month’s Fight Magazine. I went to Palm Springs where he lives to meet him. Writer R.J. Clifford was there to interview Cub between shots. I was fascinated hearing about his life growing up hard in Palm Springs and all that he has overcome. He is open and honest about growing up around gang violence and drugs, and getting to where he is now inspiring youth who are in the same situations. Cub has an easy smile and a great energy about him. It was way hotter than I expected in Palm Springs and we were going to hike up the hills to shoot Cub running the cliffs. Cub walked out of his house with a pair of shorts for me. It’s those kind of gestures that you remember, and help define a person. We had a great, fun day. Even when R.J.’s truck got stuck in the sand  by the wind turbines and we all had to push it out, it was somehow a fun group effort. I’m really happy for Cub! Cub CoverWeb_FIGHT_MAY13

Manny Pacquiao and Freddie Roach

Freddie and Manny are two of my favorite subjects. I have been lucky enough to photograph them both several times over the past three years for different publications. This time the New York Times sent me to do images for a story, writer Greg Bishop is doing on the upcoming Marquez fight. There have been lots of changes at The Wild Card Boxing Gym over the years. The laundry is no longer downstairs, which means the woman who owned it isn’t chasing everyone in the parking lot. We once washed my sweatshirt over and over to appease her during a shoot. Freddie no longer lives in an apartment attached to the gym, he is now in a nice house. Pepper Roach no longer works at the gym every day. I bumped into Pepper in the parking lot, and while he wasn’t sure who I was from his recent strokes he did ask to marry me, which was our usual banter. I always reply, I’m single…but You are married! It was great to see him up and about.

Manny was going to be late, no surprise there. I shot portraits of Freddie and we caught up on his new girlfriend who seems awesome, his Mom Barbara who no longer is dying her hair blue. Freddie says she is growing up. This is why I love these people. Marie gave me a big hug and said how happy she was to have me back shooting at The Wild Card. This place is full of heart, besides being the training ground of the top boxers. Manny arrived and seemed really relaxed and happy. Every training camp has a feel, and this one seemed very mellow. Manny has become deeply spiritual and involved in politics. It will be interesting to see how this will affect keeping the killer instinct so needed in boxing. Manny plans to keep boxing through 2014 and I hope to be here for the ride.pacquiao_landrymajor-21

Here comes the Boom

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I am so happy to see my great client and friend Bas Rutten out in Here Comes The Boom. Bas was my first feature portrait shoot for Fight Magazine a few years ago. Since then I shot all the images … Continue reading

Skateboarder Mike Vallely

Cool shoot with skate icon Mike Vallely for I Ride I Recycle at the one and only Skate Lab. I have spent so much time there with my son, it was great to be back for a shoot.

Check out http://www.irideirecycle.com and http://www.artoftheboard for amazing ways to recycle your old decks and http://www.elephantskateboards for Mike’s new line of boards.

Thanks to everyone who came out to Gallery 135 in Portland for my show!

 

Thanks so much to all who came out on First Thursday for the opening of my show at Gallery 135! What a great crowd of people who came in to view. It was so fun talking to all the fight fans and non fight fans about all the really amazing people I get to photograph.  Special Thanks to all at IDL for curating the show and to Cash for taking awesome pics…

My Upcoming Gallery Show

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I am so excited to bring these amazing athletes to the world of fine art! I hope everyone in the Portland area will come out. If there are any fighters in the area training, please stop in. It will be a wonderful night. I can’t thank IDL Worldwide enough for curating this event.

My Upcoming Gallery Show

http://satoriengine.com/gallery135/

I am so excited to bring these amazing athletes to the world of fine art! I hope everyone in the Portland area will come out. If there are any fighters in the area training, please stop in. It will be a wonderful night. I can’t thank IDL Worldwide enough for curating this event.

Cain Velasquez

 

I met Cain when Fight Magazine sent me to San Jose to shoot the incredible roster of guys training at AKA with Crazy Bob Cook. Cain was training and he was going hard. My first impression was this guy is Tough.  In a room full of the top MMA fighters training, to be singled out as such is a statement in itself. Cain wasn’t laughing or smiling he was hard, tough and serious. Any one sparring with him was going to get his full force- no holding back served up. The first day I was at AKA, Cain sent a message that he didn’t want to shoot, but he would the next day. Day two I was wondering if it was going to happen, he didn’t look at me or acknowledge I was there.  When he was done he gave me ten minutes. We did the set up shots I needed to deliver and then I asked him to stand in front of the rainy window light. Somehow the soft light accentuated how tough he is and that was the magic moment. I knew not to try to get him to smile, it wasn’t in him. I was getting the essence of who Cain is, pure, tough, strong and determined. My favorite image from this moment was used as the cover for Fight Magazine celebrating Cain as Fighter of The Year. I was at the UFC fight when he defeated Lesnar. I knew he was going to bring it and loved that he advanced when others would have been tentative. I was on my feet yelling and cheering until my arms were tired from clapping. I have never seen an arena light up like that. After the fights when we were walking to our cars I was  happy for all the Latino’s who were so proud to have the first Latino Heavyweight in history. I said  in Spanish…I am as happy as you are Cain won today!