Those who follow me on Instagram and Facebook saw me share a few photos from the boxing event in Kaiserslautern that I shot on November 18th. Even as a long-time fan of the sport, I went in with zero expectations. I surely had no clue I'd be hooked after the first few frames.
When my wife's co-worker and local photographer Benjamin Hörle invited me to the event, I'd been shooting film exclusively for a few months between a Canon AE-1 Program and Zeiss Ikon Contessa LKE rangefinder--even selling my Nikon D750 kit with heart and mind set on buying a Leica M10 whenever I decided to shoot digital again. Everything in my life became about slowing down and relying heavily on my intuition. This lead to a realization I shared in a recent Instagram post about leaving self-doubt behind and being totally open about my photography, writing or any other creative work I'm involved in. Regardless of how modest I wanted to be, my man Benny kept encouraging me to shoot and share more. He got me a press pass and stuck a Canon 6D in my hands. I quickly got familiar with it (Nikon's setup makes more sense IMO though) and went to work capturing the energy in the building.
I didn't go in expecting to catch anything like Neil Leifer's iconic shot of Muhammad Ali towering above Sonny Liston, but I think I came away with few decent frames for a beginner at this.
Next Stop: Frankfurt