Chess Boxing

Chess Boxing

Part chess, part boxing, the world of chess boxing is nothing if not entertaining. A test of brain and braun, when I heard about this relatively new sport I was fascinated to learn how the two could be incorporated. Very well it turns out as fighters battle with the gloves on for 3 minutes before the arena is transformed (very quickly) for 3 mins of chess. The winner is crowned through a knockout or check mate.

My approach to this was to shoot it in a reportage style but using studio lighting to bring out the textures, particularly backstage where a lot of the raw emotion of fighters preparing or coming down from a fight took place. A more welcoming group of people you are unlikely to meet.