Cristina Velasquez, FIGHTER – 2014

MONTAJE EX 3Raul, 2014.

During 2014, I worked with young immigrant men boxing in New York City and produced a series of photographs titled FIGHTER.
The series focusses on the moment after the match and the rawness of that emotional instant while isolating the subject from the noisy scene full of details. A sense of humanity, fear, violence, and determination characterize the photographs. The face portraits represent the dreams of adolescence and identity as young immigrant men. Boxing becomes a symbol for the match between fear versus courage, and failing versus the possibility of excelling in life and being acknowledged.  Ultimately, the series FIGHTER presents young men facing an imminent challenge, fighting for their place in this world and the only opportunity of changing their realities.

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