I was a huge wrestling fan when I was a kid. I even wrote an essay about it recently, called Wrestling With Big Fat Freddy. I spent many a Saturday morning following the colorful, soap opera-like antics of the larger-than-life men seen in these photos.
Throughout my photo career I've always try to photograph the things that interest me, whether it be comic book creators, people from Brooklyn or indie film personalities. This modest series of mostly close-up portraits of wrestlers has been something I've been pursuing these last few years whenever I've been at an event like Comic-Con or Chiller Theater, where wrestlers are appearing. I took the photo above of Sgt. Slaughter and the one below of Mick Foley at New York Comic-Con this past weekend. While I've posted the others in various places previously, I though these new addition gave me a good excuse to present the series all-together.
My concept for this series is simple. I want to take photos of these cultural and familiar icons from the past and present them as they appear today, in an honest way. I'm hoping to shoot more soon.
|Jerry "The King" Lawler|
|George "The Animal" Steele|
|Greg "The Hammer" Valentine|