Unarmed features a community of amateur fighters in northern California. The photographs give reverence to the primal humanness of this pursuit. These photographs explore the tactical choreography of training, the pomp and circumstance of the performance, and portraits of fighters before, during, and after fights.
I photograph the ceremonial pageantry of the shows, and the messy, bodily chaos in and outside of the cage. I equally embrace the show-worthy tough guy personas alongside of the seemingly vulnerable moments when they become lost in themselves - from adrenaline, exhaustion, fear or relief. I often try to imagine what it would be like to engage in, and mentally prepare for, such a physically brutal and frenzied encounter, but I am just a spectator looking for evidence of something other than violence.