Every now and then, I have an assignment at a place with absolutely gorgeous light. That is the case with Fight College, a boxing gym in Rockford.
I first wen to the gym in April of 2013 shortly after they opened and I immediately noticed the light. Everything is in one big rectangular room. One of the short walls is completely windows. Most of the other walls are painted black. There are also a few sections of mirrors.
I found my angle while photographing a boxer in training that let the light gently rake across my subject’s face.
I knew I wanted to do another story there.
It was a little more than a year later when I returned to do a feature on a boxer that was training for his first pro bout. We had the place to ourselves. First, I did a portrait.
Then I made a video of his training.
I’ll jump at any opportunity to shoot there again.