Max Colson: Tales

Photojournalism MA student at the LCC

Posts Tagged ‘action

Role-playing

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I just got back from a trip to Belgium where I was part of the re-enactment of the the Battle of Waterloo.

Although I was out on the battlefield with the men I was also living in an 1815 style military camp with the rest of the Allied forces trying to learn the ways of the 1815 military, light fires, follow orders, and hold muskets. Serious thanks to the brilliant 94th Old Scotch Brigade for allowing me to be embedded whilst they were part of the 1000 man re-enactment. Unfortunately I didn’t get to fire any weapons but we’ll have to save that for next time.

More to come but I thought I’d give you my self portrait of me being the action hero first. I have my mean face on and everything:

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Self-portrait with musket and 1815 English military 'red coat' uniform

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Boxing kids and cage-fighting men

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As part of the relationship assignment I decided to go and photograph a teenagers’ boxing session at an MMA and boxing gym in London. Inevitably, after the kids boxing had finished I felt myself drawn towards the fight training going on inside the MMA cage. Funny that.

I have to say that I found this photo session quite difficult; fast moving action is always going to be hard to capture and in a gym like this you are restricted in where you can go (you can’t get that close up relationship picture inside the boxing ring for example). This was certainly a criticism in my tutorial that I took on board. But even if I was allowed in the ring, with a skinny ass frame like mine I’m still not stepping in – especially not to get beat up by a bunch of 15 year olds!

 

Post sparring session

Watching a sparring session

5 minutes of push ups

An MMA fighter is corrected by his coach

The coach and the student go through the drills

Another drill inside the MMA cage