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The soap opera of pain

The soap opera of pain

The soap opera of pain A tour in the USA wrestling: from small provincial shows to bloody and ultra-violent matches This body of work looks at the world of independent professional wrestling, an extreme type of physical storytelling that mixes soap opera storylines...
Vitas Gerulaitis, the “Lithuanian Lion”

Vitas Gerulaitis, the “Lithuanian Lion”

Vitas Gerulaitis, the “Lithuanian Lion” Drugs, disco, wooden rackets, and a heart of gold. The story of the edgiest, most exceptional player at the turn of the Eighties A vanilla-gold Rolls Royce pulls up outside a trendy New York club. The entourage that files out...
Junior Banger Racing

Junior Banger Racing

Junior Banger Racing Cars that collide, smell of gasoline. They are more than children, they are pilots Junior Banger Racing is a motorsport event for 11-15 year olds where old scrap vehicles are raced against one another.  Whilst the vehicles are usually otherwise...
Knights in armour, football in France

Knights in armour, football in France

Even in Vannes, a small French town, american football is more than a contact sport Knights in armour, helmets that clash, English slang… American football is more than a contact sport, is a conflict against ourselves and against the opponents, a tough battle...
John McEnroe, ‘The Genius’

John McEnroe, ‘The Genius’

John McEnroe, ‘The Genius’ With his racket, he was artist and musician. Quite simply, he was the most creative player of his time McEnroe was jazz. He was rhythm and improvisation. Virtuosity and imagination. The legendary Duke Ellington once said that “jazz has...
Pink giants ballet

Pink giants ballet

A journey among the pioneers of female Sumo Sumo wrestling is known as the extreme ballet of giants. Physically demanding and tactically straining, sumo is a nuanced and exciting sport. There are 82 distinct winning techniques or ‘Kimarite’, meaning weight and...
Várzea, the Eden of football

Várzea, the Eden of football

Várzea, the Eden of football Inside the várzea all that counts is who you are, not what you have The word várzea refers to the geographical terrain of the ‘floodplain’ areas, where football was first played in Brazil in the late 1800’s. It is also a...
Thundering of hooves

Thundering of hooves

Thundering of hooves Jockeys, trainers, owners, fans: welcome to the Cheltenham Festival This is what it was all for. All those months of early mornings, rising with the mist still on the fields, watching from the Jeep as the horses’ breath catches first light; all of...
The mythology of Kendo

The mythology of Kendo

The mythology of Kendo The Japanese ‘Way of the Sword’ Kendo is a story of the East. It comes from a legendary and captivating Japan that has its roots in mythology. It’s said that the Land of the Rising Sun was born from a coral blade that pierced the...
My world is Venice

My world is Venice

My world is Venice The steel of bowls, the salt on the walls, my world is small but immense From here I can smell them. I wait until April, maybe May. They’re short, wide and flat, with a green color that can turn to gray. To catch them we use trezze, nets, laying...
Where kickboxing is blood and sweat

Where kickboxing is blood and sweat

Fighting in the suburb of Surcin, Belgrad, is a matter of toughness  Belgrade suburb of Surcin became infamous during the 90s when the break up of Yugoslavia evolved into a number of regional wars and general lawlessness resulted in a sharp rise in crime. Years of...
Monster trucks

Monster trucks

Monster trucks Donut, Wheelie, Flip, a gravity-defying world Monster trucks have been entertaining the masses since the seventies. It’s a motorsport that combines a potent combination of destruction and showmanship. It’s rough and ready, honest and down to earth,...
Some says we’re cars’ barbarians

Some says we’re cars’ barbarians

The cars hospital The ovale racetrack in which to finish first, first you must finish “The best cars are those you get to love twice.” His eyes take on a faraway look, his lips betray the beginnings of a smile. “Once in the build,” he pauses slightly, his smile...
In the name of the bulls’ blood

In the name of the bulls’ blood

In the name of the bulls’ blood Bullfighting is an unequal struggle, marked by disdain and pathos I’m Spanish. When a culture of death can’t be explained. Or even understood. You don’t understand. I don’t understand. We’re too far away. What do you see? I...
Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest Big fish, long hikes, fickle spots and wild weather Even if you’ve never heard of the Pacific Northwest, you’ve probably seen photos. It’s dangerously beautiful, yet wildly untamed. I often hear the term ‘PNW’, so let’s tell it like it is: 
big fish,...