Long time readers of this blog may know that I publish a regular series call My Favourite Photographs. It's a look at some of the photography pros who work the BJJ scene offering powerful visuals for all of us to enjoy.
William Burkhardt is a French photographer living and working in Brazil. His work via BJJPix.com has been lighting up print and web BJJ media for a while now with his stunning imagery.
You can find out more about William in an interview he did for Pulling Guard Zine. He also has a regularly updated Facebook page here.
I love William's strong sense of drama. In many of his images, he makes daring post processing techniques in Photoshop. I say daring because William places a ton of contrast, high pass, vignetting etc in his images, framing each image and adding to the sense of action. It's a bold technique but he pulls it off with aplomb, blurring the lines between photo reportage and artistry.
Here are William's favourite BJJ images he has taken and a little commentary from him about each one. Enjoy!
|"On this photo, Rodolfo Vieira was comemorating his absolute title at Worlds 2011. This photo featured in Tatame magazine in a full page."|
|I took that shot at an event called High Fight Rock, that took place in Goiânia, where I spent my first two years in Brazil.|
|I got this shot at my first MMA event, Shooto 18 in Brasília. I got many good shots like this one. It really got me pumped.|
|That's a photo of Sérgio Moraes throwing down Nivaldo Oliveira during the final of the Brasileiro 2011. I had this photo framed poster sized at my appartement.|
|This is another cool photo I took at Jungle Fight recently.|
Good luck to William in his BJJ and photographic career.