You know, I just can't walk past a mirror without taking a self portrait.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In Training Camp With Vic Darchinyan

I had the pleasure of spending several days with Vic Darchinyan, 40(29)-7(3)-1, as he prepares for his June 6 contest with Jesus Cuellar, 26(20)-1(1)-0, for the WBA World featherweight title. The bout scheduled for 12 rounds will be part of the Premier Boxing Champions fight card held at the Stub Hub Center in Carson CA. Darchinyan, the former IBO World bantamweight Champion, WBC World super flyweight Champion, WBA Super World super flyweight Champion, lost his last bid for the featherweight title to Nicholas Walters in 2014. Since then he defeated Juan Jimenez and is ready to take on Cuellar in another bid to add that championship to his resume.

Here are some images from those training sessions;

Special thanks to DiBella Entertainment, Vic Darchinyan, Edouard Goumachian, Glendale Fight Club.

As always, all images and text are copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage and may not be reproduced without explicit consent! You are more than welcome however to link to this site.

All images shot with either Canon or Leica cameras.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

One Last Kiss Goodbye

            I had just finished working on an some images I had shot. Usually they are in black and white, this time they were color, a selection of landscapes.  I had spent the entire morning editing photos, now it was well past lunch and time to take a break.
            My office was across the street from my home. I rushed across, for some reason there was a sense of urgency. The street was empty, no pedestrians and no traffic. The buildings were all pale lacking character and definition. My building was a warm ochre and directly across from my office.
            I went inside the building and remembered I had to climb a staircase. There still was this sense of urgency. I lived on the third and fourth floors. Thought to myself I need to find a way to combine those two floors to make life easier. Tried jumping from landing to landing, but it was futile, I simply was not athletic enough. I climbed the three flights.
            I entered the apartment, architecturally Moroccan in flavor, bright and sunny, colors were all soft warm earth tones. I paid little attention to any anything else. As I walked into the room I noticed Evelyne approaching me. I was a bit surprised, hadnt expected to see her and I seemed to catch her off guard. More beautiful than I had ever seen her, her lips were a bright red and she was wearing a full length caftan dress. The dress was white with elaborate embroidery, soft round knotted buttons and a gold on gold stripe about an inch and a half wide running down the length of the dress on either side. Evelyne was very happy, and dancing around modeled the dress for me and said;  "you've been throwing away so many of my clothes, I decided to keep this to wear around the house, even if I get it dirty and worn it wont matter "
She walked up to me and put her arms around my neck and gently kissed me on the lips. Something she hadnt done in a very long time. I held her, kissed her back softly. Then she said;
I have to take my shower now and get ready .
That is something she always said to me when I was getting in the way of her daily routine. She walked away and I started to choke up!

          At that point I woke from my dream in a cold sweat and sobbing. Evelyne had been dead for 10 months now and this is the first time she was in my dreams.

        We had never gotten the opportunity to say goodbye. Evelyne died sooner than she was supposed to, the Dr said she would last at least another 4 weeks. She died the next day. That last morning of her life I told her I loved her and she responded with the same, then she slipped into the coma. I was too busy texting and talking to the nurses, trying to find out what to do next than to even think about sharing final thoughts, and to thank her for the wonderful life we had together. She passed away quietly a few hours later.
I never got to hold her in my arms again. Perhaps this dream was that final goodbye. Radiant, happy and more beautiful than ever............. she gave me the final kiss and said goodbye!!

I wrote this about 2 months ago but wanted to publish it close to the anniversary of her passing,  perhaps as my final goodbye to her as well!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Golovkin vs Monroe : The Knock Downs

In a fight scheduled for 12 rounds, Gennady Golovkin completely dominated Willie Monroe Jr. Here are Golovkin's three knock downs of Monroe, the third ending the contest in the 6th. I was shooting from the stratosphere for this event, so I will just concentrate on the KD's.

Round 1 started strong for Glolovkin 

Round 2 - Monroe is knocked down twice.

The end comes in the 6th round, here is the shot that ended Willie Monroe's evening.

As always, all images are copyright Peter Politanoff / RedStarImage and may not be reproduced without explicit consent. You are more than welcome however to link to this page.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Golovkin / Monroe Media Workout 2015.05.13

The Golovkin vs Monroe Fighter Media Workouts was held at Wild Card West Boxing Gym in Santa Monica, on Wednesday May 13. I thought I would get these images out prior to the scheduled fight on Saturday May 16'
The workout was a contrast in styles, Willie Monroe mingled with the media, gave interviews and shadow boxed to salsa. While the GGG's workout was a more structure exhibition event, Gennady, stretching jumping rope, shadow boxing, and then with his coach Abel Sanchez on the mitts.

Here are some images from that event;

First Willie,

Then Gennady!

Photos were shot with either Canon DX1 or Leica M (240) cameras.

Special thanks to Banner Boxing, Magna Media, and Bernie Bahrmasel.

As always, all images are copyright Peter Politanoff / Redstarimage, and may not be reproduced without explicit consent. You are more than welcome however to link to this site!