Side Projects

Sometime last year, I wanted to branch outside of being just a fight photographer. I wanted to also help give back to the sport and help boost the exposure of local promotions and fighters. Recently I think I've found a fun way to do that by doing these video and design projects. 

I figured these might get some hits on social media and get shared amongst my friends who are not in the fight scene. Instead of seeing standard bloodied fight photos, I added some fun design aspects to my photos  to show people a different perspective of the 'barbaric' sport.

 Way of the Fighter was a result of many years of  my dead end ideas. I interviewed fighters and asked how they felt at a particular moment of their fight and then added that to their photo. Before I began training in combat sports, my only way of learning more about professional fighters was reading their interviews in bi-monthly magazines or internet forums. There was still so many more questions that puzzled me and no mainstream sports outlet was covering it.

It's pretty cool to be able to learn so much more about the sport, make good friends along the way and share all of this with new fans.

New design

I figured I should fix up the old look and revamp it a little. Would be great to know what you guys think! 


W.L Fight Design?

When I started photography, I was experimenting with shooting various cliched scenes like some girl in focus with a blurry background, landscapes, flowers, street life and more landscapes. However none of these appealed to me as I didn't want to be seen as the 'cliched photo guy'. Also all those scenes just make me look more like the typical Asian tourist!

I doubt I would have found photography if it wasn't for a gym related accident. I was at a local MMA gym trying to get some extra training. I got paired up with a nut case doing wrestling drills and he ended up doing some retarded move which made him fall on top of me, twisting my foot in the process. I was only around 60kg and he would probably be at least 80kg. I was pretty sure my ligament muscle was torn and I remembered the coach just saying, "Well, it's not like it's going to get better or worse, so just get back onto the mat and use your other leg" I could barely drive home and this injury kept me indoors for about a week and a half. During this time I decided to pick up my dad's camera and have a play. 

A couple months later I started bringing the camera to my regular gym at Nemesis Martial Arts to experiment. I tried to replicate the photos that I've seen in the IK mags - hoping one day I might get published there. Eventually my trainers got me into shows with them when some of our guys were fighting. It gave me a different perspective of the fight game. I've been to shows as a spectator and fighter in the ring but shooting was something of its own.

Now almost 2 years later, I've been keeping active by working on numerous fight shows around town. It would be nice to land some interstate gigs as well. One of my main goals now is to land some work in the design field. I'll be graduating mid year and I'm looking to gain all the experience I can get. I've seen my share of lacklustre fight posters and thought that I could design a decent one. I had a chat with one of my promotors and he decided to let me take over the photography and graphics department. 

I figured, since I'll be graduating as a Graphics Designer in a few months, I should start getting work and adding to my design portfolio. I hope to have some more fight related design work completed and published this year.