Fight Club

A series of shots showing a fighter and coach training ‘on the pads’.

These were taken at a very rough and run down boxing gym in the middle of a council estate in the North of England.

The place is falling apart and underfunded but provides an escape from the streets. The people who train here are from a generally poor and underprivileged background. This is somewhere to stay fit, focused and learn some discipline.

Contax G2/Ilford HP5+(@E.I3200)/Rodinal (1+25)

Durham, England, May 2013

2 Replies to “Fight Club”

  1. Russ says:

    great series of mono images, looks like the lighting was tricky, but they came out very well.


    • John Pickles says:

      Thanks Russ. The lighting was almost non existent! Two dim fluorescent strip lights and dark corners everywhere. Considering these were shot on HP5+ underexposed by 3 stops and given extended developed in Rodinal @1+25 I’m quite pleased with how they turned out! Thanks again for taking the time to comment. John


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create a website or blog at