Troy, aka Iconic 19 is sharing with us a series he recently shot (some featured on his website, some exclusive)! Some amazing portraits of Muay Thai boxers who are curently competing in Bangkok Thailand.
"Each year, hundreds of young men from around the world travel to Thailand to learn the art of Thai boxing, or มวยไทย (Muay Thai) as it is known in the Thai language. The overwhelming majority stay for a week or two, often joining organised boxing tours – and for these young men, learning Muay Thai is a fun diversion and a wonderful opportunity of getting fit while enjoying time away from home. There are others, however, who despite the grueling physical and mental challenges faced by serious practitioners of Muay Thai, choose to remain in Thailand for longer periods, often years, in the hope of making a living from this ancient sport.
It is this second group of fighters that are the focus of my portrait work. My hope is to uncover the beauty to be found in juxtaposing the strength, masculine bravado and physical presence of the fighters with the emotions that they often hide from view - loneliness, fear, uncertainty, sadness and, sometimes, despair.
I would like take this opportunity to thank my portrait subjects for their dedication to the art of Muay Thai and for allowing me to take their portraits."
More images after the jump.