Thursday, August 18, 2011

Mexican Wrestling aka Lucha Libre (Part I)

Just a couple of weeks ago I had the chance something that I had never shot before but I was dying to: Mexican Wrestling! As you may know, it is a very popular "sport" -if you will- in Mexico, which has recently gained a lot of popularity all over the world.

Mexican Wrestling aka Lucha Libre is well known for the colorful masks, the quick sequences of holds and maneuvers, as well as the "high-flying" maneuvers, which are amazingly done by many wrestlers which, in consequence, makes it all more exciting and fun!

The wearing of masks has developed special significance, and matches are sometimes contested in which the loser must permanently remove his mask, which is a gamble with a high degree of weight attached; it is believed that when a wrestler loses his mask, he loses it all.

Personally, I have never been to the Arena México (the main wrestling venue in Mexico) and I had a great time shooting though at the beginning it wasn't easy due to all the moves I mentioned before, you have to be very quick and adjust your timing to the wrestlers', which I did after the first few shots; on ships, I used to be a fast shooter, turns out...I still am. In general, I am very happy with the results as the timing was good enough to catch a lot of those "flying" maneuvers, which in photographs is even better because it looks as if you froze them up in the air. So, enjoy!

More pictures on the next post...

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