Kung Fu

Kung Fu fighters leave the ground.

As I mentioned in my last posting, new types of shooting opportunities excite me.  Last year I had the opportunity to shoot the Great Lakes Kung Fu Championships at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.  There are many different forms of Kung Fu and the sport is over 3000 years old.  Sitting and  standing at mat-side gave me the chance to shoot unobstructed and to get some exciting shots.  This first shot was somewhat unique in the both athletes were off the ground at the same time.

Unenviable position to be in.

There were many moments like this, with athletes being flipped and slammed to the mat.  Kung Fu is not one of those sports events you come upon everyday unless you participate in it, but the opportunity reminded me to seek out the more unusual types of events and it will enable you to capture photos that most others don’t have in their collections.


About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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