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Guard Up! by Matt Bottos

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17/10/2010 – Nikon 50mm fixed 1.8

Some fighters portray very aggressive and bravado like behavior. For just a small moment, the camera has captured a moment that I think portrays this fighter without bravado and perhaps in some sense, letting his ‘guard’ down.

About 15 minutes later, during his bout, the fighter dropped his guard (in a more literal sense) and was KO’ed.

So often during a fight you hear the words “Guard Up!” shouted. This sentiment is often carried out in everday life as well. We are conditioned throughout life that if we “drop our guard” we are going to get hurt.

Various methods of protection help to cope with doubts & fears yet it can leave an individual without really addressing the source of the fear… just covering or ignoring it.

I guess what Im whaffling at is that sometimes walls of protection can feel real hard to break down. Realising it is the first step, breaking them down is where the hard works starts.


  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 3 years ago

    That’s a great story and image to go with it, Matt!

  • thanks mel… have a ripper weekend :)

    – Matt Bottos

  • bushpoet
    bushpoetover 3 years ago

    Great work mate, lot of different emotion in this shot, from the fighter to the trainer to the observer. Love your words too, so very true!

  • Tony Ryan
    Tony Ryanover 3 years ago

    Wonderful image and fantastic words and love the way you have tied it all togeather. I fully concur that the best protection is to locate and understand the fears we have within our own physical castle.

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Darover 3 years ago

    Nice work

  • jainiemac
    jainiemacover 3 years ago

    I love this image they are one unit, young fellow connects with his eyes and the boxer and other guy doing up the gloves …brilliant Matt

  • Thanks Jane!!

    – Matt Bottos

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