Category Archives: Martial Arts

Gatekeeper

My friend Steve and I have done several shoots for his many Black Belt portfolios. We decided to shoot at night for this particular shoot, and the way the light played across the path to the bridge really inspired me to get him to sit in a meditation position. Really, …

Holy Heaven

Near my house there is a bridge that is being reconstructed. There is rubble everywhere and rebar sticking up out of the base of the bridge. The supporting columns of the bridge have huge bases that are adjacent to the river. They afford a great platform upon which to take …

Prepared

When I studied Karate (Goju Ryu), ascending to the next level meant several tests as well as the creation of a photo portfolio comprised of various poses from katas. It’s not difficult to make those types of photos interesting, but I also like to take a few that are engaging …

Darth Insidious

In late January 2007, my good friend and I were doing photos for a portfolio he was working on and went to an abandoned industrial complex. It was freezing cold, but it was manageable inside the building, as the winds couldn’t get at us. This photo was challenging because it …

Flynn – Ippon Mei

The weather was cold in late January of 2007. I took my friend to an abandoned industrial complex to shoot some photos for a martial arts portfolio he was working on. I brought my sword along, as it is a folded steel Katana that catches the sun effectively. The many …

Des – Seiunchin I

It was a cold day in January 2006. My friend Des and I were working on photos for his black-belt portfolio. We ended up in High Park to take some photos of Kata positions in a natural setting. The goal was to utilize the landscape to highlight the strength and …

Graffiti Tong-Fa

One of my friends asked me to figure out ideas that went against the grain in terms of traditional martial arts photography. I came up with the idea of doing two shoots in contrast. One in the wilderness and the other in the city (urban wilderness). On the Bloor subway …

Readiness

A continuation of a shoot along the shores of Georgian Bay for a friend, the purpose of this photo was twofold: it was to demonstrate a warrior’s readiness, and it was to also indicate that the greatest enemy you will ever face is yourself. It was an early day (we …

Cutting the Sunrise

A friend of mine required a shoot of him performing movements in Kobudo. We camped up at Awenda near Penetanguishene in June of 2005. The Southern shores of Georgian Bay were a great backdrop for his poses. We woke up before the sunrise and met the dawn with blades drawn. …