In my capacity as an Account Manager for a sports nutrition company I had the opportunity to work at a the International Federation of Body Building (IFBB) Melbourne Pro Show sponsored by my employer. We also publish Muscle Mag Australia so I was fortunate enough to be given a media pass to take pictures and write a story for the magazine. It was an introduction straight in to the heart of a strange world. I was stage front and centre, and had access to the backstage area and spoke to some of the athletes and heard them chatting among themselves as they warmed up and got coated head to toe in fake tan. It’s a surreal experience standing among a bunch of overly muscular men in bikini trunks…
This shot is a shot of Dexter Jackson taken backstage before the night show. Dexter won the Arnold Classic just over a week before and came in to this show in fantastic condition and was the clear winner from prejudging already that day. This image captures some of the focus he has.
The other images from the series:
Muscle Show #1